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Best Day the Worst Day : Life with Jane Kenyon

Best Day the Worst Day : Life with Jane Kenyon - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0618773626

ISBN13: 978-0618773626
ISBN10: 0618773622
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 2005
International: No

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Best Day the Worst Day : Life with Jane Kenyon - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0618773626

Donald Hall

ISBN13: 978-0618773626
ISBN10: 0618773622
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Published: 2005
International: No
Summary

Jane Kenyon was nineteen years younger than Donald Hall and a student poet at the University of Michigan when they met. Hall was her teacher. The Best Day the Worst Day is an intimate record of their twenty-three-year marriage at Eagle Pond Farm -- of their shared rituals of writing, close attention to pets and gardening, and love in the afternoon. Hall joyfully records Jane Kenyon's growing power as a poet and the couple's careful accommodations toward each other as writers. This portrait of the inner moods of 'the best marriage I know about," as Hall has written, is laid against the stark medical emergency of Jane's leukemia, which ended her life in fifteen months. Hall shares with readers -- as if we were one of the grieving neighbors, friends, and relatives -- the daily ordeal of Jane's dying, through heartbreaking and generous storytelling.

The Best Day the Worst Day stands alongside Elegy to Iris as a powerful testimony to both loss and love.

Table of Contents

The funeral party
To Eagle Pond
The plaid notebook
The grandmother poem
Terror and delight
Animals inside the house
The village saved destroyed
The third thing
Pill hill
The soul's bliss and suffering
Day zero zero
Coming and going
Spring Street
1993
The best day the worst day
The Caldecott room
Eleven days

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