When jane kenyon died from leukemia on april 23, 1995, one month short of her 48th birthday, she had lived nearly twenty years in rural wilmot, new hampshire, with her husband, poet donald hall “eagle pond” had been the home of hall's family for generations, and it became the setting from which her mature poetry. Jane kenyon died in april, 1995 her collection otherwise: new and selected poems was published in the spring of 1996 her other books include the boat of quiet hours (1986), let evening come (1990), and constance (1993. A couple of letters from the correspondence of charles bane, jr and donald hall , including the story of how the two began their series of letters much of his later work focused on his relationship with his wife, the distinguished poet jane kenyon who died of leukemia in 1995, and whose death was a. Donald hall's poignant and courageous poetry speaks of the death of the magnificent, humorous, and gifted jane kenyon they are near-cruelly blunt about kenyon's physical deterioration and hall's own indecorous, raging sadness for instance, when he recalls an abashing incident while alone for the first time at.
Administrative information access restrictions permission to view the collection must be obtained in advance from the jane kenyon estate, c/o donald hall, eagle pond farm, 24 us route 4, wilmot, nh 03287-4438 or fax (603) 735-5702. By donald hall jane kenyon and i were married for twenty-three years for two decades we inhabited the double solitude of my family farmhouse in new hampshire, writing sometimes i went off for two nights to read my poems, essential to the economy, and jane wrote a poem called “alone for a week.
Brated poet jane kenyon as she struggles with, and ultimately succumbs to without, in which he laments the hours days weeks months weeks days the act of grieving leaves us without force, jacques derrida writes in his essay 162 reading the ethics of mourning in the poetry of donald hall t o d d f. The best day the worst day: life with jane kenyon by donald hall boston: houghton mifflin, 2005 pp 258 $2300 hardcover letters to jane, hayden carruth keene, ny: ausable press, 2004 pp 107 $2400 hardcover just a couple of weeks before donald hall was named poet laureate of the united states, my wife.
About the death of his wife, the poet jane kenyon, in 1995, hall has written grippingly in a memoir, “the best day the worst day,” and a volume of poems, “ without” the books established him as a reluctant bard of prednisone, cytoxan and bone marrow, as he told the tale of how a 23-year marriage and. Days, jane kenyon chose the poems for her celebrated book otherwise: new and selected poems (1996) in work that grounds the idea of “telling suffering” in particular life circumstances, hall has written movingly of kenyon's illness and death and his grief in two volumes of poetry without (199 ) and the painted bed. Section 2 exersice 4 donald hall's “last days” read donald hall's last days discussion questions are below after you have discussed the poem and/or answered the discussion questions, your instructor may allow you to review the annotation last days by donald hall it was reasonable to expect” so he wrote.
As russell banks wrote in his essay, comparing his marriage to that of an alcoholic family – where there is always the presence of that other thing in the relationship – donald hall describes depression as a “third party in our marriage” who knows how much worse jane kenyon might have been, had she. Donald hall writes about living alone in the same house his family has occupied since the civil war, and what it has been like to outlive his wife i also watch television news, often without listening, and lie back in the enormous comfort of solitude people want to i didn't jane kenyon was my student.
His second wife jane kenyon is also a favorite but, this is not a book of poems these are personal essays he writes from the vantage point of hi 80's he is thrilled to still be writing, breathing, etc most of these essays look backwards if you want to learn more about the man donald hall, this is a good place to start. Donald hall, former poet laureate of the united states, is the author of without, the painted bed, and many other books of poetry he has won many awards, including the national medal of arts and the robert frost medal, and is a member of the american academy of arts and letters jane kenyon was the.
Born in ann arbor, michigan, kenyon spent her first two decades in the midwest, attending the university of michigan in her hometown through completion of her master's degree in 1972 it was while she was a student at the university of michigan that kenyon met her future husband, the poet donald hall, who taught there.
Bill moyers talks with husband-and-wife poets donald hall and jane kenyon on their life together in this hourlong documentary from 1993. Even before he was named poet laureate of the united states in june, donald hall was a familiar figure in contemporary poetry during the last fifty and he also chose a poem a week for newspapers and 144 whitman and dickinson are the only people, i think, who could compare with him in another.