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"Bright Unequivocal Eye": Poems, Papers, and Remembrances from the First Jane Kenyon Conference

by Bert G. Hornback
 
In April of 1998 the First Jane Kenyon Conference brought together Donald Hall, Wendell Berry, Galway Kinnell, Alice Mattison, Gregory Orr, and Joyce Peseroff along with a number of scholars, teachers, students, and admirers of Jane Kenyon's poetry. What was said about Jane Kenyon and about her poetry was informed and informative, and often very moving. This volume

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In April of 1998 the First Jane Kenyon Conference brought together Donald Hall, Wendell Berry, Galway Kinnell, Alice Mattison, Gregory Orr, and Joyce Peseroff along with a number of scholars, teachers, students, and admirers of Jane Kenyon's poetry. What was said about Jane Kenyon and about her poetry was informed and informative, and often very moving. This volume collects poems and remarks about her and her work by Hall, Berry, Kinnell, Mattison, Orr, and Peseroff, as well as essays by a dozen other conference participants.

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«Jane's most frequently repeated remarks during workshop were 'What clever friends I have. What clever friends I have' and 'The natural object is always the adequate symbol,' which she found in Ezra Pound's 'Make It New' and was the closest thing we had to a group creed...Jane trusted the natural world to provide all the meaning we needed, which doesn't mean that in her own work she always described what she experienced or had always experienced what she described. She looked for concrete, specific images, but became impatient with herself if she thought she was simply writing down what she saw.»
(Alice Mattison, «Let It Grow in the Dark Like a Mushroom»)
«I think culture invented lyric poetry along with religion and philosophy to help people understand the world, and to discover ordering powers. What's amazing about the personal lyric is that culture gives the individual self the tools...to do the ordering.... [C]ertain poets are not simply poets of survival, but poets of transformation. They've not just expressed and regulated their subjectivity; they've transformed it into values and principles that one can live by.»
(Gregory Orr, «Our Lady of Sorrows»)
«A true poem, we know, forms itself within hearing. It must live in the ear before it can live in the mind or the heart... Jane Kenyon had a virtually faultless ear. This is what over and over again enabled her to take the risk of plainness, or of apparent plainness. Her ear controls rhythm and sound, and also tone... It is her perfection of tone that makes her poems able to accommodate sudden declarations of spiritual knowledge or religious faith, and that gives so many of her poems the quality of prayer.»
(Wendell Berry, «Sweetness Preserved»)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820445854
Publisher:
Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
Publication date:
09/21/2000
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
60.00(w) x 90.00(h) x 7.50(d)

Meet the Author

The Editor: Bert G. Hornback is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and since 1992 has been Professor of English at Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky. He created and directed the distinguished University of Michigan Poetry Series (1968-1977), and organized the First Jane Kenyon Conference at Bellarmine College.

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