A Poem by Jane Kenyon
Poet Jane Kenyon was born in Michigan in 1947 and
over the course of her short life published four collections of
poetry. She and her husband Donald Hall lived in Hall's family
homestead where they fashioned a rich and fulfilled life. They
were featured in an Emmy Award-winning Bill Moyers special, "A
Life Together." Jane died of leukemia in
The two-stanza poem is printed directly onto the
illustration, a five-color woodcut in subtle earthy tones. Nine
by thirteen and a half inches, vertical. Edition of 150 copies
designed, printed, illustrated, and signed by Carol.
I did not have the pleasure of meeting Jane Kenyon
but knowing her through her poetry has been the next best thing.
Not long after Jane died, I had occasion to visit Don at his home
in New Hampshire. I was bringing copies of
Ric¹s Progress for him to sign. We sat at the dining room
table and while I placed the piles of books ready for him to sign,
bereft at her absence, roamed around, anxious at this new female
smell. She even deposited
a little present for me on the rug! Later, she calmed down enough
for a nap while Don showed me pictures of Jane who looked more
ravishing and vital with each advancing year.
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