The Shirt

By Jane Kenyon 1947–1995 Jane Kenyon
The shirt touches his neck
and smooths over his back.
It slides down his sides.
It even goes down below his belt—
down into his pants.
Lucky shirt.

“The Shirt” copyright © 2005 by the Estate of Jane Kenyon. Reprinted from Collected Poems by Jane Kenyon with the permission of Graywolf Press, Saint Paul, Minnesota. All rights reserved. www.graywolfpress.org

Source: Collected Poems (2005)

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Poet Jane Kenyon 1947–1995

Subjects Relationships, Love, Men & Women

Holidays Valentine's Day

 Jane  Kenyon

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New Hampshire's poet laureate at the time of her untimely death at age forty-seven, Jane Kenyon was noted for verse that probed the inner psyche, particularly with regard to her own battle against the depression that lasted throughout much of her adult life. Writing for the last two decades of her life at her farm in northern New England, Kenyon is also remembered for her stoic portraits of domestic and rural life; as essayist . . .

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