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Simply Lasting

Writers on Jane Kenyon
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Edited by Joyce Peseroff
In personal and critical essays, letters, poems, an interview, and reviews by writers around the country, Jane Kenyon’s life and works are considered and celebrated for their tenacity, spirit, and timeless charm. Simply Lasting includes new responses to Kenyon’s poetry and reviews and criticism written during her lifetime, as well as never-before-published letters from Kenyon herself. Poet, editor, and longtime friend of Kenyon, Joyce 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.”

Contributors include: Wendell Berry, Robert Bly, Hayden Carruth, Michael Dirda, Donald Hall, Robert Hass, Marie Howe, Galway Kinnell, Peter Kramer, Maxine Kumin, Alice Mattison, Molly Peacock, Robert Pinsky, Jean Valentine, and many others.

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An invaluable companion to Jane Kenyon’s poetry, Simply Lasting collects essays, memoir, and criticism about this indispensable poet

About the Author

Joyce  Peseroff
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Joyce Peseroff's four books of poems are The Hardness Scale, A Dog in the Lifeboat, Mortal Education, and Eastern Mountain Time. She has been coordinating editor, managing editor, and associate poetry editor of Ploughshares, and edited The Ploughshares Poetry ReaderRobert Bly: When Sleepers Awake, and Simply Lasting: Writers on Jane Kenyon. She is the winner of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and of a Pushcart Prize. Her poems and reviews have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Agni, Ploughshares, Southern Review, New York Times Book Review, the Women’s Review of Books, and the online journal Slate.

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  • “Each of the dozens of contributors to this significant work either explores a personal relationship with Kenyon or describes the lasting impact of her work.”—Sanford Herald (NC)
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