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Jane Kenyon Collected Poems

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All of Jane Kenyon's published poems gathered in one definitive collection, now in paperback

Yes, long shadows go out
from the bales; and yes, the soul
must part from the body:
what else could it do?
—from "Twilight: After Haying"

Jane Kenyon is one of America's most prized contemporary poets. Her

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All of Jane Kenyon's published poems gathered in one definitive collection, now in paperback

Yes, long shadows go out
from the bales; and yes, the soul
must part from the body:
what else could it do?
—from "Twilight: After Haying"

Jane Kenyon is one of America's most prized contemporary poets. Her previous collection, Otherwise: New and Selected Poems, published just after her death in 1995, has been a favorite among readers, with more than 80,000 copies in print, and is a contemporary classic.

Collected Poems assembles all of Kenyon's 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.

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“In a just world, Otherwise--beautifully designed by Graywolf--would become a bestseller.” —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
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:
9781555974787
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Publication date:
09/04/2007
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
162,335
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 8.85(h) x 1.10(d)

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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 and 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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jane Kenyon is one of my favorite poets. I would compare her to the great modern Russian poets, and also to someone like Ruth Stone. Her poems are exquisite, heart-breaking, sexy, exact, comforting, lyrical. Really, you need to read this poet. She is absolutely exceptional. Also I believe she writes for everyone. Her language is naturally graceful, with no airs and no disguises. . 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've only read twenty-five pages and have already cried three times. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. The  images, the word choices, the depths of nostalgia are perfection. I love this book. Sherry Decker