The Jane Kenyon Scholarship Fund awards scholarships in poetry. It was established to honor the poet Jane Kenyon, who was an associate faculty member at our first residency and has remained an abiding spirit ever since.
Jane was married to poet and Bennington Writing Seminars’ writer-in-residence Donald Hall, whom she had met while a student at the University of Michigan. They made their home at Eagle Pond Farm in New Hampshire.
Known for her spare, emotionally elegant verse, Kenyon published four books of poetry during her lifetime—Constance (1993), Let Evening Come (1990), The Boat of Quiet Hours (1986), and From Room to Room (1978)—and a book of translation, Twenty Poems of Anna Akhmatova (1985). In 1995, Kenyon was named poet laureate of New Hampshire; she died in April of the same year.
Let Evening Come
By Jane Kenyon
Let the light of late afternoon
shine through chinks in the barn, moving
up the bales as the sun moves down.
Let the cricket take up chafing
as a woman takes up her needles
and her yarn. Let evening come.
Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned
in long grass. Let the stars appear
and the moon disclose her silver horn.
Let the fox go back to its sandy den.
Let the wind die down. Let the shed
go black inside. Let evening come.
To the bottle in the ditch, to the scoop
in the oats, to air in the lung
let evening come.
Let it come, as it will, and don't
be afraid. God does not leave us
comfortless, so let evening come.