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Otherwise: New & Selected Poems (edition 1997)

by Jane Kenyon (Author)

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Otherwise collects a lifetime's work of poetry by one of our most cherished poets. Opening with twenty poems and including generous selections from Jane Kenyon's four previous books--From Room to Room,The Boat of Quiet Hours,Let Evening Come, andConstance-- this collection was selected and arranged by Kenyon shortly before her death in April 1995. This extensive collection reveals a scrupulously crafted body of work in which poem after poem achieves a rare and somber grace. Light and shade are never far apart in these telling narratives of life at the poet's New Hampshire home. The shadow of depression in Jane Kenyon's verse has the force of a spiritual presence-- a god, demon, angel. Yet her work emphasizes the constant effort of her imagination to redeem her suffering. As her husband Donald Hall writes in the afterword toOtherwise, we share "her joy in the body and the creation, in flowers, music, and paintings, in hayfields and a dog."… (more)
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Title:Otherwise: New & Selected Poems
Authors:Jane Kenyon (Author)
Info:Graywolf Press (1997), Edition: Reprint, 230 pages
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Some books of poetry one can read from start to finish. Not this one. I don't know why. Seems better to sample. ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
Jane Kenyon, along with her husband, Donald Hall, are two of my favorite poets. Both write concrete, accessible verse that communicates the universal through their particular experience. In this collection, Kenyon's newest poems were written after her diagnosis of the cancer that eventually killed her. She suffers greatly, but strives to find the good in a horrible situation. Her struggle is heartbreaking, sad, yet beautiful. It may not replace the beauty of Heaven and ultimate redemption, but Kenyon holds on to the beauty of the earth, of her rural surroundings, of her love for Donald and his love for her, of the ultimate goodness of the world despite the fact that she would wish it otherwise. All of us would wish that sickness, and death, especially a death before old age sets in, would be otherwise. Yet the world is not otherwise, and Kenyon accepts that with grace and dignity is these beautiful poems. This is a book for every human being, since every human being has suffered, will suffer, or is suffering. I highly recommend it. ( )
  mpotts | Sep 20, 2018 |
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Otherwise collects a lifetime's work of poetry by one of our most cherished poets. Opening with twenty poems and including generous selections from Jane Kenyon's four previous books--From Room to Room,The Boat of Quiet Hours,Let Evening Come, andConstance-- this collection was selected and arranged by Kenyon shortly before her death in April 1995. This extensive collection reveals a scrupulously crafted body of work in which poem after poem achieves a rare and somber grace. Light and shade are never far apart in these telling narratives of life at the poet's New Hampshire home. The shadow of depression in Jane Kenyon's verse has the force of a spiritual presence-- a god, demon, angel. Yet her work emphasizes the constant effort of her imagination to redeem her suffering. As her husband Donald Hall writes in the afterword toOtherwise, we share "her joy in the body and the creation, in flowers, music, and paintings, in hayfields and a dog."

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