Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Poets and Poems: Jane Kenyon and “Best Poems”

Poet Jane Kenyon (1947-1995) met poet Donald Hall (1928-2018) at the University of Michigan. He was teaching; she was a student. They married in 1972, and in1975 moved to Eagle Pond Farm in New Hampshire, which had been his grandparents’ home. They were married until her death from leukemia in 1995.

Hall’s career loomed larger. By the time they met, he had already been the editor of Oxford Poetry, literary editor of Isis, editor of New Poems, the recipient of several literary prizes and recognitions, the author of several volumes of poetry, and first poetry editor of The Paris Review. He was a presence in the poetry world; she was just starting out. From all accounts, they were devoted to each other. 

To continue reading, please see my post today at Tweetspeak Poetry

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