“Without: Poems” review

Without: Poems
by Donald Hall

Patricia‘s review – Feb 22, 2017

It was amazing
 A moving elegy in poems by Donald Hall for Jane Kenyon, his beloved wife and fellow poet, who fought valiantly with leukemia. These poems grapple with and then embrace his loss, before and after her passing. What a marriage this must have been, to her last word (“O.K.”, about his putting her letters in the box); and her last kiss:
“At eight that night,
her eyes open as they stayed
until she died, brain-stem breathing
started, he bent to kiss
her pale cool lips again, and felt them
one last time gather
and purse and peck to kiss him back.”

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