A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety

A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety

by Donald Hall


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Former poet laureate of the United States Donald Hall’s final collection of essays, from the vantage point of very old age, once again “alternately lyrical and laugh‑out‑loud funny.”*
*(New York Times)

“Why should a nonagenarian hold anything back?” Donald Hall answers his own question in these self-knowing, fierce, and funny essays on aging, the pleasures of solitude, and the sometimes astonishing freedoms arising from both.
            Nearing ninety at the time of writing, he intersperses memories of exuberant days in his youth, with uncensored tales of literary friendships spanning decades—with James Wright, Richard Wilbur, Seamus Heaney, and other luminaries.
            Cementing his place alongside Roger Angell and Joan Didion as a generous and profound chronicler of loss, this final work is as original and searing as anything Hall wrote during his extraordinary literary lifetime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780358056140
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 445,255
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

DONALD HALL (1928–2018), served as poet laureate of the United States from 2006 to 2007. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts, awarded by President Obama.

Table of Contents

I Notes Nearing Ninety 1

II The Selected Poets of Donald Hall 79

III Necropoetics 125

IV A Carnival of Losses 147

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KarenEvans More than 1 year ago
People call me an old soul. I’m not sure what I think of such a label, but I do know one thing- to be in the presence of individuals with depth, wisdom, and a wide range of life experiences makes my soul sing for days. I gravitate towards people who are real, genuine, and bold- people who teach me and challenge me simply through the gift of their time. It is with them that I feel most at home, where real conversations can begin. A friend of mine recently discussed the importance of diversity in friendships and specifically focused on age. She shared that wisdom is real and younger people benefit from spending time with those older than themselves. In addition, older people benefit by soaking up the enthusiasm, joy, and freedom infused into the souls of young people. I quite agree. Don Hall’s newest book of essays, published only weeks after his death, shares beautiful insight into growing old. He discusses feelings of invisibility, that people stop seeing, really seeing you as you age. His language throughout is beautiful as he explores lying “back in the generous comfort of solitude” and articulates the differences between loneliness and solitude. Reading his book was like sitting down with a good friend and I enjoyed every single moment. https://booksnooks.wordpress.com/2018/07/15/a-carnival-of-losses-notes-on-nearing-ninety/