We invite you to join us in examining the poetry and lives of America's preeminent poetic couple, Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon. Hall, who died this year at the age of 89, was named Poet Laureate of the United States in 2006. Hall and Kenyon met at the University of Michigan when Kenyon was a student in one of Hall’s poetry classes. After they married, they moved to New Hampshire to live on the farm Hall had inherited from his grandparents. Until Kenyon's early death, at age 47, the two separately produced award-winning volumes of poetry. Rural life deepened their reverence for nature. Hall’s style became more plainspoken, creating comparisons to Robert Frost. Kenyon's work became more spare and lyrical. "Otherwise," the poem written when she knew she was dying, has been called “in its simplicity, the most devastating poem ever written.” In our first two sessions we’ll discuss the sad and funny Essays after Eighty by Donald Hall (Mariner Books, 2015). Our last two sessions will be devoted to discussing selected poems of Hall and Kenyon; copies of the poems will be distributed in class. Study group participants will be most welcome to share their own favorites.