The Eagle Pond Authors’ Series at Plymouth State University will honor the late Jane Kenyon Sunday, October 16 beginning at 3 p.m. at the Silver Center for the Arts.
Kenyon’s life and works will be celebrated by Joyce Peseroff, poet and longtime friend of Kenyon, who edited The Collected Poems of Jane Kenyon and Simply Lasting: Writers on Jane Kenyon, both released by Graywolf Press this fall. Peseroff will be joined by New Hampshire Poet Laureate Cynthia Huntington and Donald Hall, Kenyon’s husband.
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. The collection also include the poems that appear in her posthumously published volumes Otherwise and A Hundred White Daffodils, four poems never before published in book form, and her translations in Twenty Poems of Anna Akhmatova.
Simply Lasting includes new responses to Kenyon’s poetry and reviews and criticism written during her lifetime, as well as never-published letters from Kenyon herself. Peseroff has gathered writings that affirm Kenyon’s place as one of America’s most important recent poets. “That there will be no more writing by Jane Kenyon,” Peseroff writes in her introduction, “is one of the terrible losses that might have been otherwise.”
According to the New York Times Book Review, “Her [Kenyon’s] words, with their quiet, rapt force, their pensiveness and wit, come to us from natural speech, from the Bible and hymns, from which she derived the singular psalmlike music that is hers alone.”
The Eagle Pond Authors’ Series is named in honor of Donald Hall, who lives at Eagle Pond Farm in Wilmot, a family homestead which has inspired much of his writing. This is the eighth season for the series, which is supported by a generous grant from Barnes & Noble PSU Bookstore. Additional funding for Jane Kenyon: A Celebration is provided by Graywolf Press.
There is no charge for admission, but free tickets are required. Contact the Silver Center box office at 535-ARTS. Box office hours are noon – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and one hour before performances.
Other programs in this year’s series are: November 6, 3 p.m., Charles Simic; April 2, 3 p.m..,Jean Valentine; May 7, 3 p.m., Donald Hall.