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ALTERNATIVES Donald Halls remarkable life in poetry a career capped by his appointment as U.S. poet laureate in 2006 comes alive in this richly detailed, self-revealing memoir.Halls invaluable record of the making of a poet begins with his childhood in Depression-era suburban Connecticut, where he first realized poetry was secret, dangerous, wicked, and delicious, and ends with what he calls the planet of antiquity, a time of life dramatically punctuated by his appointment as poet laureate of the United States. Hall writes el oquently of the poetry and books that moved and formed him as a child and young man, and of adolescent efforts at poetry writing an endeavor he wryly describes as more hormonal than artistic. His painful formative days at Exeter, where he was sent like a naive lamb to a high WASP academic slaughter, are followed by a poetic self-liberation of sorts at Harvard. Here he rubs elbows with Frank OHara, John Ashbery, and Edward Gorey, and begins lifelong friendships with Robert Bly, Adrienne Rich, and George Plimpton. After Harvard, Hall is off to Oxford, where the high spirits and rampant poetry careerism of the postwar university scene are brilliantly captured. At eighty, Hall is as painstakingly honest about his failures and low points as a poet, writer, lover, and father as he is about his successes, making Unpacking the Boxes his first book since being named poet laureate both revelatory and tremendously poignant. [READ MORE]

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Tags: Category: Biography & Autobiography / Literary Figures Released: null Authors: Donald Hall Language: English Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Published on: Sep 11, 2009 Pages: 208

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2019-09-23
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Hall (White Apples and Taste of Stone, 2006, etc.) applies his magical idea with language to a history of self.To be published on his 80th birthday, this memoir roves among a ...
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2019-09-23
Readers will cheer for poet Hall (The Museum of Clear Ways) when finishing this slim but potent memoir. Hall's storyline launches as he unpacks boxes after relocating from Michigan to New Hampshire. Out ...
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2019-09-23
Don Hall has been a poet for nearly 70 years, after making a conscious decision to write poetry in early adolescence. This ebook reveals the inner life of a modest Guy who has labored at his craft ...
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2019-09-23
I have been interested in poetry for quite some time so when I seen a memoir on a poet with such distinction as DOnald Hall I newest I gotta read it. What I found most interesting is Hall's dedication to ...
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2019-09-23
A well written, thoroughly incomplete memoir of Jane Kenyon's husband (he's cute great, she's nice). The remebered moments from childhood read well, but do not quite create up for decades worth of ...
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2019-09-23
great ebook about the life of a poet. the finest and most potent part of the ebook was when he wrote about his grief at losing his wife. that part was very moving. i also liked his writing about being old. as i obtain older it strikes home!
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2019-09-23
Honest, moving, interesting. Other unbelievable work of remembering by Donald Hall.
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Getting old sucks, even for poets.
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A writer on writing and poetry. I'm better acquainted with his prose, and this is first rate.
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