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Jane Kenyon (1947-1995) 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.
“It is a sign of great inner insecurity to be hostile to the unfamiliar.” ~ Anaïs Nin (1903-1977) / Photo by Brassaï (Gyula Halász), 1932
She Left Me the Gun - Emma Brockes' memoir is about her search for the truth about her mother's difficult childhood. Though Brockes had an idyllic childhood growing up in England, she gradually comes to understand that her mother's upbringing in Australia was quite the opposite. Miller says Brockes' mom emerges as a heroic figure who was an "amazing, funny, tough talking ... incredibly loving mother."
The teacher continued her diatribe and I settled back, bathing in the subtle beauty of each new curse and insult. "You exhaust me with your foolishness and reward my efforts with nothing but pain, do you understand me?" The world opened up, and it was with great joy that I responded, "I know the thing that you speak exact now. Talk me more, you, plus, please, plus." (david sedaris, me talk pretty one day)