Otherwise New and Selected Poems

ISBN-10: 1555972667

ISBN-13: 9781555972660

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Otherwise collects a lifetime's work by one of contemporary poetry's most cherished talents. Opening with twenty new poems and including generous selections from Jane Kenyon's four previous books—From Room to Room, The Boat of Quiet Hours, Let Evening Come, and Constance—this collection was selected and arranged by Kenyon herself—alongside her husband, the esteemed poet Donald Hall—shortly before her death in April 1995. This extensive gathering 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 and love and work at the poet's rural New Hampshire home. The shadow of depression in Kenyon's verse, which grew much darker and longer at certain intervals, has the force and heft of a spiritual presence—a god, demon, angel. Yet her work emphasizes the constant effort of her imagination to confront and even find redemption in suffering. However quiet or domesticated or subtle in her moods and methods, Kenyon was a poet who sought to discover the extraordinary within the ordinary, and her poems continue to make this discovery. As Hall writes in the afterword to Otherwise, we share "her joy in the body and the creation, in flowers, music, and paintings, in hayfields and a dog."
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 8/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 230
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Donald Hall ranks among our foremost writers. He is the author of numerous books of verse & prose, including "Without," "The Museum of Clear Ideas," & "The Old Life."

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Man Eating
Man Waking
Man Sleeping
Drawing from the Past
The Call
In the Nursing Home
How Like the Sound
Eating the Cookies
Spring Evening
Afternoon at Macdowell
The Way Things are in Franklin
Dutch Interiors
Reading Aloud to my Father
For the Night
From Room to Room
Two Days Alone
This Morning
The Thimble
Finding a Long Gray Hair
Hanging Pictures in Nanny's Room
In Several Colors
The Clothes Pin
The Needle
My Mother
Cleaning the Closet
Ironing Grandmother's Tablecloth
The Shirt
From the Back Steps
At the Feeder
The Circle on the Grass
Afternoon in the House
Full Moon in Winter
Year Day
The Suitor
American Triptych
Now That We Live
Evening at a Country Inn
At the Town Dump
Back from the City
Deer Season
November Calf
The Beaver Pool in December
Apple Dropping into Deep Early Snow
Drink, Eat, Sleep
Rain in January
Depression in Winter
Bright Sun After Heavy Snow
Ice Storm
Walking Alone in Late Winter
The Hermit
The Pond at Dusk
High Water
Evening Sun
Summer 1890: Near the Gulf
Photograph of a Child on a Vermont Hillside
What Came to Me
Main Street: Tilton, New Hampshire
Frost Flowers
The Sandy Hole
Sun and Moon
February: Thinking of Flowers
Portrait of a Figure Near Water
Mud Season
Thinking of Madame Bovary
Philosophy in Warm Weather
Camp Evergreen
The Appointment
Sick at Summer's End
Alone for a Week
The Bat
Trouble with Math in a One-Room Country School
The Little Boat
At the Summer Solstice
Coming Home at Twilight in Late Summer
The Visit
Parents' Weekend: Camp Kenwood
Reading Late of the Death of Keats
Campers Leaving: Summer 1981
Travel: After a Death
Yard Sale
Fiesta: Hotel Frattina
After Traveling
Twilight: After Haying
Briefly It Enters, and Briefly Speaks
Three Songs at the End of Summer
After the Hurricane
Waking in January Before Dawn
Catching Frogs
In the Grove: The Poet at Ten
The Pear
Christmas Away from Home
Taking Down the Tree
Dark Morning: Snow
Small Early Valentine
After the Dinner Party
The Blue Bowl
The Letter
We Let the Boat Drift
Spring Changes
April Chores
The Clearing
Private Beach
At the Spanish Steps in Rome
Staying at Grandma's
Church Fair
A Boy Goes into the World
The Three Susans
Learning in the First Grade
At the Public Market Museum: Charleston, South Carolina
Lines for Akhmatova
Heavy Summer Rain
September Garden Party
While We were Arguing
Dry Winter
On the Aisle
At the Winter Solstice
The Guest
Father and Son
Ice Out
Going Away
Now Where?
Letter to Alice
After an Illness, Walking the Dog
Wash Day
Summer: 6:00 a.m
Walking Notes: Hamden, Connecticut
Last Days
Looking at Stars
Let Evening Come
With the Dog at Sunrise
August Rain, After Haying
The Stroller
The Argument
Not Writing
Having it Out with Melancholy
Moving the Frame
Winter Lambs
Not Here
In Memory of Jack
Insomnia at the Solstice
Peonies at Dusk
Three Small Oranges
Sleepers in Jaipur
Gettysburg: July 1, 1863
Notes from the Other Side
The Sick Wife
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