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Marriage, Metaphor, & Mortality: The Poetry of Jane Kenyon

  • BigTown Gallery 99 North Main Street Rochester, VT, 05767 United States (map)

By the early 1990s, Jane Kenyon and Donald Hall were one of America’s most celebrated poetry couples. He was an established poet well on his way to becoming U.S. Poet Laureate, and she was his former student, 19 years younger but already the author of four highly-regarded collections of lyric poetry. They were interviewed by Bill Moyers for his award-winning PBS documentary, “A Life Together,” and they toured India at the invitation of the State Department. Then tragedy struck.

In “Marriage, Metaphor, and Mortality: The Poetry of Jane Kenyon” poet Sue Ellen Thompson (They) explores Kenyon’s lifelong struggle with depression and what it was like for her to be married to someone who had achieved so much more in their chosen field. There will be a PowerPoint presentation with photographs from Hall and Kenyon’s life together, and several of Kenyon’s poems will be discussed briefly in the context of her life and marriage.

Earlier Event: November 4
Yvonne Daley (Vermont Voices Series)
Later Event: November 4
NHWP Hatbox Readings