A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety

Donald Hall (Author)

Product Details

$15.99  $14.71
Mariner Books
Publish Date
April 09, 2019
5.2 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.45 pounds

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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.


"Donald Hall writes about love and loss and art and home in a manner so essential and direct it's as if he's put the full force of his life on the page. There are very few perfect books, and A Carnival of Losses is one of them." -- Ann Patchett

"It's odd that a book whose subject is loss could be so uplifting. And yet it is. Hall may be telling us what it's like to fall apart, but he does it so calmly, and with such wit and exactitude, that you can't help but shake your head in wonder." -- Washington Post

"A joyful, wistful celebration of poetry, poets, and a poet's life . . . There's much to enjoy in these exuberant 'notes.'" -- Kirkus Reviews

"Candid and often humorous . . . Hall's ruminative and detailed reflections on life make this a fantastic follow-up to his Essays After Eighty." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Hall offers a veritable sparkling necklace of pieces on aging, solitude, and the surprising joys of both, interspersed and embellished by memories." -- Library Journal

"One of the best American poets . . . 'The Selected Poets of Donald Hall, ' to which poetry lovers may turn first, [will] be delightfully surprised to discover they're more gossip than critique. There is much more about poetry, of course, most notably the longest entry, 'Necropoetics, ' about elegies and other poems of death, ending with his for his wife, the late Jane Kenyon. Another, longer piece may be the best: 'Walking to Portsmouth' tells the story behind Hall's Caldecott medalist children's book, The Ox-Cart Man. But they're all good." -- Booklist