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Collected Poems | Jane Kenyon
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Jane Kenyon is considered one of America's best contemporary poets. Her previous collection, Otherwise: New & Selected Poems, published just after her death in 1995, has been a favorite among readers, with over 60,000 copies in print, and is a contemporary classic.Now at the ten-year anniversary of her death, Kenyon's Collected Poems assembles all of her published poetry in one book. Included here are the complete poems found in her four previous volumes--From Room to Room, The Boat of Quiet Hours, Let Evening Come, and Constance--as well as the poems that appear in her posthumous volumes Otherwise and A Hundred White Daffodils, four poems never before published in book form, and her translations in Twenty Poems of Anna Akhmatova.
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This is a photo of Jane Kenyon. She died in 1995 from Leukemia. At the time, she was the Poet Laureate of New Hampshire. In 1993, she and her husband, poet Donald Hall, were the subject of an Emmy Award winning Bill Moyers documentary, “ A Life Together”. This collection of her poetry also includes some of her translations of the poems of Anna Akhmatova. Jane‘s style is spare and emotional. She writes about nature, family, and life.

tpixie Lovely informative info! ♥️📚♥️ 4mo
DivineDiana @tpixie Thank you! ❤️ 4mo
tpixie 😊 4mo
kspenmoll Just love her poetry! 4mo
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On the Road
by Anna Akhmatova
Translated from the Russian by Jane Kenyon

Though this land is not my own
I will never forget it,
or the waters of its ocean,
fresh and delicately icy.

Sand on the bottom is whiter than chalk,
and the air, drunk like wine.
Late sun lays bare
the rosy limbs of the pine trees.

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Drawing from the Past

Only Mama and I were at home.
We ate tomato sandwiches
with sweeps of mayonnaise
on indifferent white bread.

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SilversReviews Love garden tomatoes with mayo!! YUM..I have been putting basil on mine too. 😊 4mo
DivineDiana @SilversReviews Great addition! 😋 4mo
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MicheleinPhilly This photo should come with a trigger warning! I can‘t even watch mayo commercials. I have a serious issue. #GradeAFreak 4mo
DivineDiana @MicheleinPhilly 😂I think you should treat yourself to a tomato sandwich today! 🍅 4mo
MicheleinPhilly I worked at Delancey St. when I was in college. This lady came in every day and ordered the grossest concoction which included mayo - ON HER BAGEL! I used to go running to the back room when I saw her coming. 4mo
DivineDiana @MicheleinPhilly You weren‘t kidding! A serious issue! Poor bagel; poor you! 🙁 4mo
MicheleinPhilly But I love tuna salad and egg salad. 🤷🏻‍♀️ It‘s very strange. 4mo
ValerieAndBooks Like @MicheleinPhilly I can‘t stand mayo 🤢! But it‘s ok in when included in recipes such as deviled eggs 😊. 4mo
Redwritinghood Tomato sandwich. Yum. 😋😋 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @ValerieAndBooks YES! Welcome to my freak club! Come sit by me! 4mo
monalyisha @ValerieAndBooks @MicheleinPhily SAME. Except I don‘t like deviled eggs very much either. Or tuna salad. Egg salad I can weirdly sometimes handle. But it‘s gotta be light on the mayo FOR SURE. I try to be cool if it accidentally ends up on my sandwich or on food that I‘ve ordered (I don‘t want to be a brat) but I avoid it WHENEVER possible. 🤮 (edited) 4mo
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Insomnia at the Solstice

Washing up, I say
to the face in the mirror,
“You‘re still here! How you bored me
all night, and now I‘ll have
to entertain you all day....”

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Not Writing

A wasp rises to its papery
nest under the eaves
where it daubs

at the gray shape
but seem unable
to enter its own house.

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SilversReviews How they do this is AMAZING isn‘t it? 4mo
DivineDiana @SilversReviews I am in awe of nature! ❤️ 4mo
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Wash Day

“How is it that every object in this basket
got to be inside out? There must be
a trickster in the hamper, a backward,
unclean spirit.”

Need to get back on track, so I will finish this book!

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Cathythoughts The washing looks like a job for audio .... 😊 4mo
DivineDiana @Cathythoughts Agreed! 🙂 4mo
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Lines for Akhmatova

“In the end you outlived the genocidal
Georgian with his mustache thick as a snake.
And in triumph, an old woman, you wrote:
I can‘t tell if the day is ending, or the world,
or if the secret of secrets is within me again.”

As I had read a book of Anna Akhmatova‘s poems this year, it was wonderful to see her referenced in this poet‘s work.
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Redwritinghood Love this one. 5mo
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The Three Susans

The sun drops low over the pond.
Long shadows move out from the stones,
and a chill rises from the moss,
prompt as a deacon. And at Keat‘s grave
in the Protestant cemetery in Rome
it is already night,
and wild cats are stalking in the moat.

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monalyisha This reminds me of that Kids in the Hall sketch: “30 Helens Agree.” 😅 5mo
DivineDiana @monalyisha Googled “30 Helens Agree” as it was new to me. Hilarious but could not find one about Keats grave. 🤔 5mo
monalyisha @DivineDiana Ha! Glad you looked it up. There‘s nothing about Keats‘ grave; it was more the title of the poem. 😉 5mo
DivineDiana @monalyisha Now I get it! 🤦‍♀️ 5mo
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Waiting

There she is: of the right age, dressed
expensively, stiffly, carrying a straw
summer bag with a scrimshaw whale on the lid,
a hard little basket out of which she draws
a single large bill for the food. Clearly
this time she‘s come alone.

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gradcat I love what you‘ve done here. ♥️ 5mo
DivineDiana @gradcat Thank you! ❤️ 5mo
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Work

It has been light since four. In June
the birds find plenty to remark upon
at that hour. Pickup trucks, three men
to a cab, rush past burgeoning hay
and corn to summer constructions
up in town.

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Lindy I love the long hours of daylight in summer. 😊 5mo
DivineDiana @Lindy As do I! ❤️ 5mo
Redwritinghood This poem reminds me of where I grew up! 5mo
DivineDiana @Redwritinghood I hope it brings back beautiful memories! ❤️ 5mo
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Insomnia

The almost disturbing scent
of peonies presses through the screens,
and I know without looking how
those heavy white heads lean down
under the moon‘s light. A cricket chafes
and pauses, chafes and pauses,
as if distracted or preoccupied.

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After the Dinner Party

At dinner I laughed with the rest,
but in truth I prefer the sound
of pages turning,and coals shifting
abruptly in the stove. I left before ten
pleading a long drive home.

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Cathythoughts Looks delicious 😋 5mo
DivineDiana @Cathythoughts Agree! 🙂 5mo
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Catching Frogs

Back again after supper, I‘d see
a nose poke up by the big flat stone
at the lip of the fall; then the humped
eyes and the slippery emerald head,
freckled brown. The buff membrane
pulsed under the jaw while
subtleties of timing played in my mind.

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monalyisha Oh, I like this one! Also, predisposed: I really like frogs. 🐸 5mo
Redwritinghood Nice one! I‘ve been traveling the last couple of weeks and missed seeing the morning poems. 5mo
readordierachel Love this! 5mo
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After Working Long On One Thing

Through the screen door
I hear a hummingbird, inquiring
for nectar among the stalwart

hollyhocks- an erratic flying
ruby, asking for sweets among
the sticky-throated flowers.

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Crazeedi Hummers are one of my favorite birds, this is a beautiful photo❤️ 5mo
DivineDiana @Crazeedi I really want to get a feeder so that I can watch them! ❤️ 5mo
Crazeedi @DivineDiana its really nest to watch them sit on feeder and drink! Hope you get to do it!!😉❤ 5mo
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After the Hurricane

In the full still pond, the likeness
of golden birch leaves and the light they emit
shines exact. When the dog sees himself
his hackles rise. I stir away his troubles
with a stick.

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Crazeedi I ❤ this picture 5mo
GatheringBooks what a lovely photo! 5mo
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Coming Home at Twilight in Late Summer

And then we noticed the pear tree,
the limbs so heavy with fruit
they nearly touched the ground.
We went out to the meadow;our steps
made black holes in the grass;
and we each took a pear,
and ate, and were grateful.

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Tanisha_A Love love this poem 5mo
ladym30 Beautiful photo!!! 5mo
Avidreader25 Beautiful and perfect for summer! 5mo
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The Little Boat

We heard gears grinding at the foot of the hill;
the bus appeared and we knew we had to get in.
All day in my imagination my body floated
above the classroom, navigating easily
between fluorescent shoals...I was listening,
floating, watching...the others stayed below
at their desk(I saw the crown of my own head
bending over a book),and no one knew I was not
where I seemed to be.

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Philosophy in Warm Weather

Now all the doors and windows
are open, and we move so easily
through the rooms. Cats roll
on the sunny rugs, and a clumsy wasp
climbs the pane, pausing
to rub a leg over her head.

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ladym30 What a beautiful face! Those eyes!❤️ 5mo
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monalyisha Another perfectly poetic post! 5mo
Soubhiville That‘s a terrific photo! 5mo
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Whirligigs

Two bearded men: one chops a log,
the other milks a cow. Even at night
they turn their backsides to the strongest
gusts and work like mad, but never
finish, though they bend over the same log
and the same cow for the third year
in a row.

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Evening Sun

Why does this light force me back
to my childhood? I wore a yellow
summer dress, and the skirt
made a perfect circle.

Turning and turning
until it flared to the limit
was irresistible....The grass and trees,
my outstretched arms, and the skirt
whirled in the ochre light
of an early June evening.

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monalyisha Everything about this is PERFECT! 5mo
DivineDiana @monalyisha I was amazed to find this photograph. 💛 5mo
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Afternoon in the House

It‘s quiet here. The cats
sprawl,each
in a favored place.
The geranium leans this way
to see if I‘m writing about her:
head all petals, brown
stalks, and those green fans.
So you see,
I am writing about you.

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Freespirit Lovely post💕 5mo
monalyisha Love this one! “Hey geranium. You‘re so vain, you probably think this poem is about you.” 5mo
DivineDiana @monalyisha Perfect! 😂 5mo
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The Circle on the Grass

All afternoon I hear the blunt
shudder of limbs striking the ground.
The tree drops its arms
like someone abandoning a conviction:
-perhaps I have been wrong all this time-.

When it‘s over, there is nothing left
but a pale circle on the grass,
dark in the center, like an eye.

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Suet624 I always mourn the cutting down of a tree. 6mo
DivineDiana @Suet624 As do I. This really touched me, as our neighbor recently took down two very old Oak trees. The sound was so horrible that both my husband and I had to leave our house. So sad. 6mo
Suet624 Ugh. I‘m with you...out the door. I remember one time being angry with a neighbor because she didn‘t notify me in advance. I wanted to spend time with the tree before it left us. (edited) 6mo
DivineDiana @Suet624 Actually, my husband is still angry, and mourning the trees. 😕 6mo
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At the Feeder

And the Evening Grosbeaks-
those large and prosperous
finches- resemble skiers
with the latest equipment,bright
yellow goggles on their faces.

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Tanisha_A Love the line 'bright yellow goggles on their faces"! 6mo
Cathythoughts Great lines ... I see it ♥️👍🏻 6mo
monalyisha Ha! Aw. 😎 6mo
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At a Motel near O‘Hare Airport

I sit by the window all morning
watching the planes make final approaches.
Each of them gathers and steadies itself
like a horse clearing a jump.

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The Box of Beads

I went to visit when I was seven,
a long train ride across the country.
One day she took me to the Farmer‘s Market
In Los Angeles. She bought me
a beaded belt that said “California,”
and a Mexican jumping bean in a plastic box.

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Best image that I could find to work for the belt, albeit not California per se. 🤷🏼‍♀️

monalyisha Mexican jumping beans are actually so gross. 😝 6mo
DivineDiana @monalyisha Don‘t know anything about them!?! 🤔Google to the rescue! 😉 6mo
monalyisha @DivineDiana The bookstore (+ gift shop) where I used to work sold them once. And I do mean once. A bunch didn‘t get sold quickly enough & they HATCHED. Very upsetting. 🤢 6mo
DivineDiana @monalyisha 😳😬😱 6mo
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My Mother

Now she opens her straw purse, which looks like a small suitcase. She
hands me the new toy: a wooden paddle with a red rubber ball attached
to it by an elastic string. Sometimes when she goes downtown,
I think she will not come back.

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PS I now have a strong desire to buy one of these. 🙂

marleed I was raised by an aunt for a few years. One of those paddles sans ball and elastic peered over the top of her fridge. I don‘t recall being spanked but it was always the threat to behave! 6mo
DivineDiana @marleed I‘m frightened just reading that! 😳 6mo
marleed It now makes for a funny, and I‘m sure exaggerated, family reunion story! 6mo
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The Clothes Pin

How much better it is
to carry wood to the fire
than to moan about your life.
How much better
to throw the garbage
onto the compost, or to pin the clean
sheet on the line
with a gray-brown wooden clothes pin!

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monalyisha New collection! Go you! 🙌🏻 6mo
DivineDiana @monalyisha Yes! Thank you! 🙂 (edited) 6mo
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In Several Colors

Every morning, cup of coffee
in hand, I look out at the mountain.
Ordinarily, it‘s blue, but today
it‘s the color of an eggplant.

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Cinfhen 🤩😍 6mo
Freespirit Wow😍 6mo
suzisteffen Love Jane Kenyon, and what a perfect photo to go with that poem! 6mo
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Redwritinghood What a stunning view she has! 6mo
DivineDiana @suzisteffen Thank you! This is my first time reading her poetry. 6mo
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#Poetrymatters #February #Day5 #feelings
Jane Kenyon translated poems of the Russian poet,Anna Akhmatova. In the twenties her work was denounced and forbidden to be published by the Socialist Party. Her works were banned, burnt, and forbidden also during Stalin‘s reign. This is one of her poems.

TheSpineView Love the poem and thanks for the history!😊 9mo
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#PoetryMatters #January2019 #window #JaneKenyon #streakedpane #Day3

“...the streaked pane, the forced bulbs on the sill
that refuse to bloom...”
#window

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lynneamch Aww. Reminds me how our dachshund used to sit up under the pear tree waiting for them to fall -- even in winter. 😉 12mo
kspenmoll @lynneamch So sweet! 12mo
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#bookmail I read about this poet somewhere. It had to be Litsy. She died in 1995 and was married to the poet Donald Hall who recently died. @TiredLibrarian I think it may have been your post that captured my attention.

Lcsmcat I love that cover! 1y
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"If it's darkness we're having, let it be extravagant."

EloisaJames I love her poetry, especially "Otherwise." I have that framed in my kitchen. 3y
Sandra @EloisaJames Perfect ❤ 3y
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Let the light of late afternoon
shine through chinks in the barn, moving
up the bales as the sun moves down.
-from Let Evening Come https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/46431
#inspiring #photoadaynov16 @RealLifeReading
So many book inspire me- here are a few.

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My poetry shelf. I don't read nearly as much poetry as I feel I should. My favorites include Jane Kenyon, Emily Dickinson, Marge Piercy, Walt Whitman, and Czeslaw Milosz. #augustofpages #poetry #bookphotochallenge

Hugoreads Your poetry shelf looks a lot like mine. Jane Kenyon...I miss her. 3y
SharonGoforth @Hugoreads Yes, me too. 3y
Leelee08 Marge Piercy is a fave of mine.😊 3y
SharonGoforth @Leelee08 Yes, love Marge Piercy! 3y
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