The Abiding Presence of Jane Kenyon.

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      This article comment on the life and works of poet Jane Kenyon. More than a year after Jane Kenyon died, the author spent some time in the room where she wrote her poems. The single door to Jane's study room opened from a store room. The study room was full of books and mementos. There was a picture of Russian poet Anna Akhmatova. Kenyon had translated several poems of Akhmatova and was a source of inspiration. There were books by other writers who had influenced her such as Elizabeth Bishop. Jane had copied the admonition, "One can't be a poet by force," by hand and hung it on her wall. There were many photographs of her husband Donald Hall. As the author walked about Jane's writing room he felt like a voyeur. Kenyon's study room was now a museum of what had meant most to her in life. She wrote bold incantations with rhythms and images certain to comfort and inspirit. She always wanted reminders of family, of friendships, of the humility that turns out to be a writer's friend. She was restless to push beyond the poems that seemed to come to her so easily.