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Collected Poems

by Jane Kenyon
     
 

Jane Kenyon is considered one of America's best contemporary poets. Her previous collection, Otherwise: New & Selected Poems, published just after her death in 1995, has been a favorite among readers, with over 60,000 copies in print, and is a contemporary classic.

Now at the ten-year anniversary of her death, Kenyon's Collected Poems assembles all of her

Overview

Jane Kenyon is considered one of America's best contemporary poets. Her previous collection, Otherwise: New & Selected Poems, published just after her death in 1995, has been a favorite among readers, with over 60,000 copies in print, and is a contemporary classic.

Now at the ten-year anniversary of her death, Kenyon's Collected Poems assembles all of her published poetry in one book. Included here are the complete poems found in her four previous volumes--From Room to Room, The Boat of Quiet Hours, Let Evening Come, and Constance--as well as the poems that appear in her posthumous volumes Otherwise and A Hundred White Daffodils, four poems never before published in book form, and her translations in Twenty Poems of Anna Akhmatova.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Her words, with their quiet, rapt force, their pensiveness and wit, come to us from natural speech, from the Bible and hymns, from which she derived the singular psalmlike music that is hers alone.” —New York Times Book Review on Otherwise: New & Selected Poems

“Few poets are as flawlessly down-to-earth as Kenyon: her progress is natural, not affected or rushed. The volume is more than an opus; it is the documentary, the testimony, of a rich human life.” —Boston Book Review on Otherwise: New & Selected Poems

“This book chronicles the uncertainty of living as culpable, temporary creatures, and catalogues ‘anger, the inner/arsonist' as well as triumph. We have lost Kenyon, but ‘God does not leave us/comfortless, so let evening come'; Otherwise is proof of that.” —The Nation on Otherwise: New & Selected Poems

“Kenyon's poetry is honest and earnest, rich in imagery yet free of clutter. This collection is generous, cohesive and moving.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review on Otherwise: New & Selected Poems

“Personal, autobiographical lyric poetry is rarely this fine, this clear, this egoless, this moving.” —Booklist, starred review on Otherwise: New & Selected Poems

“One may also read these precise and limpid works simply for the beauty of their expression, for their insight into the life of a woman prey to depression, obsessed with absence and death, and highly reliant on the natural world as a source of consolation. These are poems of extreme tenderness. . . . In a just world, Otherwise--beautifully designed by Graywolf--would become a bestseller.” —Washington Post Book World on Otherwise: New & Selected Poems

starred review on Otherwise: New & Selected Po Booklist
Personal, autobiographical lyric poetry is rarely this fine, this clear, this egoless, this moving.
Jon Tribble
Still, as Otherwise stands as a memorial to the writer's life, Collected Poems is a celebration of the journey the poet took in the development of that life. The new collection follows Kenyon from her first book, From Room to Room, published in 1978, through the last poem she started after her illness had advanced, "The Sick Wife." By reconstructing Kenyon's books in their published versions, Collected Poems provides a complete picture of the poet becoming more confident in her craft and expanding the ambitions of her work.
—The Washington Post
Library Journal
It's been ten years since the death of Kenyon, a beloved poet whom every reader might regard as a best friend. Published shortly after her death, Otherwise: New & Selected Poems offered the essential Kenyon. This collection adds 35 poems to give us all her works in a single setting-a powerful testimonial to the trajectory of her career. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555974282
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.04(h) x 1.34(d)

Read an Excerpt

LET EVENING COME

Let the light of late afternoon shine through chinks in the barn, moving up the bales as the sun moves down.

Let the cricket take up chafing as a woman takes up her needles and her yarn. Let evening come.

Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned in long grass. Let the stars appear and the moon disclose her silver horn.

Let the fox go back to its sandy den.

Let the wind die down. Let the shed go black inside. Let evening come.

To the bottle in the ditch, to the scoop in the oats, to air in the lung let evening come.

Let it come, as it will, and don't be afraid. God does not leave us comfortless, so let evening come.

Meet the Author


Jane Kenyon is the author of Otherwise: New & Selected Poems and A Hundred White Daffodils. She lived with her husband, Donald Hall, in Wilmot, New Hampshire, until her death in 1995.

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