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Jane Kenyon
Jane Kenyon (May 23, 1947 - April 22, 1995) was an American poet and translator. Her work is often characterized as simple, spare, and emotionally resonant. Kenyon was born in 1947 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up in the midwest. She earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1970 and an M.A. in 1972. She won a Hopwood Award at Michigan. Also, while a student at the University of Michigan, Kenyon met the poet Donald Hall; though he was some nineteen years her senior, she married him in 1972, and they moved to Eagle Pond Farm, his ancestral home in Wilmot, New Hampshire. Kenyon was New Hampshire's poet laureate when she died in April of 1995 from leukemia.

the fall of rome
The piers are pummelled by the waves;
In a lonely field the rain
Lashes an abandoned train... [read poem]
finding a long gray hair
I scrub the long floorboards
in the kitchen, repeating
the motions of other women
who... [read poem]
in memory of w. b. yeats
He disappeared in the dead of winter:
The brooks were frozen, the airports almost deserted,... [read poem]
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