Letters to Jane by Hayden Carruth

Issue #95
Winter 2004-05

Joyce Peseroff recommends Letters to Jane, correspondence by Hayden Carruth: "While researching Jane Kenyon’s papers archived at the UNH library, I came across a file of letters written to her by Hayden Carruth during the long months of her illness. Carruth didn’t expect a reply; he didn’t write to be cheery or tell her to keep her chin up. Instead, he described ordinary days ignited by the ‘luminous particular’ Jane so valued, creating meditative, sharp, and sometimes hilarious scenes in an intimate voice I couldn’t stop reading. Now others can share Carruth’s moving chronicle of common life and the power of friendship." (Ausable)