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Publisher Comments:

"There is something in me that will not be snuffed out," Jane Kenyon told Bill Moyers in an interview. And there is no better proof of that than the overwhelming response her poetry generates. Kenyon's last collection, Otherwise: New & Selected Poems, remains a phenomenon: a best-seller that testifies to the impact Kenyon has had on the poetic landscape.

A Hundred White Daffodils is a companion volume that sheds illumination on a poet, and a woman, of great presence. It offers glimpses into a life cut too short and traces the influences that created Kenyon's poetic voice. The book includes Kenyon's translations of the great Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, and insights into how Kenyon chose her as a muse. It presents a variety of Kenyon's prose pieces about the writing life, her spiritual life, her country community, her gardens-- themes that readers will well remember from her poems. Transcripts of interviews provide further understanding as Kenyon faces her struggle with depression and the losses wrought by illness. Finally, there is an unfinished, visionary poem that makes one wonder what might have been if Kenyon had been given the chance to create more poetry.

Including an introduction by Kenyon's husband and fellow poet, Donald Hall, and a bibliography of her publications, A Hundred White Daffodils is a gift to all those devoted to Kenyon's poetry.

Synopsis:

In A Hundred White Daffodils - an enlightening and typically endearing collection of prose and poetry - the late author of five highly regarded books of verse reflects on her writing life, growing spirituality, passionate hobbies, and ultimately fatal struggle with leukemia. Jane Kenyon is one of the most beloved poets on the contemporary American scene; this book shows us why and how this came to be.

Synopsis:

This year the plants exceed every expectation. Suddenly they've come into their full adult beauty, not strapping, but statuesque-- the beauty of women, as Chekhov says, "with plump shoulders" and with long hair held precariously in place by a few stout pins. They are white, voluminous, and here and there display flecks of raspberry red on the edges of their fleshy, heavily scented petals.

These are not Protestant-work-ethic flowers. They loll about in gorgeousness; they live for art; they believe in excess. They are not quite decent, to tell the truth. Neighbors and strangers slow their cars to gawk.

from "The Moment of Peonies"

About the Author

Jane Kenyon was born in Ann Arbor and graduated from the University of Michigan. She is the author of five collections of poetry: From Room to Room (Alice James Books), The Boat of Quiet Hours (Graywolf Press), Let Evening Come (Graywolf Press), Constance (Graywolf Press), and Otherwise: New & Selected Poems (Graywolf Press); and translator of Twenty Poems of Anna Akhmatova (Ally/The Eighties Press). Her poems have appeared in many magazines, including the New Yorker, Paris Review, the New Republic, the Atlantic Monthly, and Poetry. She lived and worked with her husband Donald Hall in Wilmot, New Hampshire, until her death in 1995.

Table of Contents

I

Twenty Poems of Anna Akhmatova

II

Gardens, the Church, and a Mountain

"Good-by and Keep Cold"

The Moments of Peonies

The Phantom Pruner

Notes of a Novice Hiker

South Danbury Church Fair

Childhood, When You Are in It

Gabriel's Truth

III

Talking to Neighbors

Edna Powers

Estonia and New Hampshire

The Mailbox

Season of Change and Loss

Every Year the Light

The Five-and-Dime

A Gardner of the True Vine

Summer Comes Alive

The Physics of Long Sticks

The Honey Wagon

Bulbs Planted in the Fall

A Day to Loaf

A Garden of My Dreams

The Mud Will Dry

The Shadows

Dreams of Math

Snakes in This Grass?

Reflections on Roadside Warnings

Poetry and the Mail

IV

Notes on Literature and the Arts

Kicking the Eggs

A Proposal for New Hampshire Writers

Thoughts on the Gifts of Art

Notes for a Lecture: "Everything I Know About Writing Poety"

V

Interviews

An Interview with Bill Moyers

An Interview with David Bradt

f1An Interview with Marian Blue

VI

A Poem

Woman, Why Are You Weeping?

Biography, compiled by Jack Kelleher

Product Details

ISBN:
9781555972912
Other:
Kenyon, Jane
Author:
Akhmatova, Anna Andreevna
Author:
Kenyon, Jane
Author:
Hall, Donald
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Location:
Saint Paul, Minn. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
American
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Russian & Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Collected works (single author, multi-form)
Subject:
Interviews
Subject:
Women poets, American
Subject:
Akhmatova, Anna Andreevna
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
AL7
Publication Date:
19990831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
226
Dimensions:
10.46 x 5.66 x 0.975 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
In A Hundred White Daffodils - an enlightening and typically endearing collection of prose and poetry - the late author of five highly regarded books of verse reflects on her writing life, growing spirituality, passionate hobbies, and ultimately fatal struggle with leukemia. Jane Kenyon is one of the most beloved poets on the contemporary American scene; this book shows us why and how this came to be.

"Synopsis" by ,
This year the plants exceed every expectation. Suddenly they've come into their full adult beauty, not strapping, but statuesque-- the beauty of women, as Chekhov says, "with plump shoulders" and with long hair held precariously in place by a few stout pins. They are white, voluminous, and here and there display flecks of raspberry red on the edges of their fleshy, heavily scented petals.

These are not Protestant-work-ethic flowers. They loll about in gorgeousness; they live for art; they believe in excess. They are not quite decent, to tell the truth. Neighbors and strangers slow their cars to gawk.

from "The Moment of Peonies"

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