By Bert G. Hornback
In April of 1998 the 1st Jane Kenyon convention introduced jointly Donald corridor, Wendell Berry, Galway Kinnell, Alice Mattison, Gregory Orr, and Joyce Peseroff in addition to a few students, academics, scholars, and admirers of Jane Kenyon's poetry. What used to be acknowledged approximately Jane Kenyon and approximately her poetry was once educated and informative, and sometimes very relocating. This quantity collects poems and feedback approximately her and her paintings through corridor, Berry, Kinnell, Mattison, Orr, and Peseroff, in addition to essays via a dozen different convention individuals.
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Waiting was hard. “I’m having a terrible time at my desk,” she wrote on March 1, 1988, “(by which I think I mean I haven’t started anything new for two months). I can’t seem to start anything. ” Because I’ve been most comfortable when I work most days, I was always advising Jane to do that too, to enjoy the daily work even if it wasn’t always obviously first-rate. Her depression when she wasn’t working was so terrible that I wanted her to work and escape it. And she’d try to comply: “I am upstairs on Monday morning, waiting for a delivery from United Aesthetic Service” (11/10/92) Or, I listen to what you tell me about writing.
Don listened to my story, saying sympathetically, “I know, I know” whenever I paused. As we spoke, Jane came home and took the phone. She said it had been the worst week of her life. We cried. We calmed down. I had bought a cookbook and was preparing Indian food. Jane wanted to know what I had in the house. A cauliflower? Let’s see, what could I do with it. . did I have ginger? During those years, Jane and I saw each other, in addition to workshop meetings, quite often for people who lived two hundred miles apart.
The recollected floating vision of Section Five lies far in the past, and the fall back into Melancholy is cruelly steep. Yet the recollection initiates a turn outward that continues in Section Six, although this time the scale is so much smaller that one may not at first recognize a connection. The speaker, having withdrawn from the first floor of the house, has not sought any comfort. But The dog searches until he finds me upstairs, lies down with a clatter of elbows, puts his head on my foot.