Hall lived long enough to leave behind two final books, memento mori titled Essays After Eighty (2014) and now A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety.Theyre up there with the best things he did.Dwight Garner, New York Times From the former poet laureate of the United States,essays from the vantage point of very old age Donald Hall lived a remarkable life of letters, one capped most recently by the New YorkTimes bestsellerEssays After Eighty, a treasure of a book in which he balances frankness about losses with humor and gratitude (Washington Post). Before his passing in 2018, nearing ninety, Hall delivered this new collection of self-knowing, fierce, and funny essays on aging, the pleasures of solitude,and the sometimes astonishing freedoms arising from both. He interspersesmemories of exuberant daysasin Paris, 1951,with a French girl memorably inclined to say, I couldnt care lesswithwriting, visceral and hilarious, on what hehas calledthe unknown, unanticipated galaxy of extreme...
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A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety Reviews
A wonderful book by a great man!
Wonderful to spend time with Donald Hall at the end of his life. Recommended.
Beautifully written, by a former poet laureate , this collection of essays on nearing 90 speaks to the author's experience of being elderly and its challenges. Being that age, he doesn't feel the need to hold anything back, and this is an insightful view of his experiences. Mr. Hall is amusing but there's an angst that permeates this collection that had me rushing to finish it by the end. I guess that shouldn't be surprising since the title is A Carnival of Losses. Most people avoid the topic of ...more
It dismays me that I had to learn of this book only through the obituary for Donald Hall, poet, editor, anthologizer, Poet Laureate. This final collection of essays and reminiscences was ready for release when Hall died in late June 2018, a few months shy of his ninetieth birthday.
Hence the book, A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety, is truly a valedictory. He tells us how difficult it was to summon the strength to write. His mind was willing, but the body would not always cooperate. But t ...more
Hall passed away as this book was being published so we have lost our Virgil of longevity. What you need to let go of, what you need to cling to, how you can find meaning and value in a world that still engages you to the best of your declining abilities—and a model for looking at is with determination, humor, and unfettered frankness. His Essays After Eighty was wonderful—blunt, wise, witty, charming, and belligerent; A Carnival of Losses is exactly that too, but different.
Hall wrote poetry fo ...more
Reading Hall's A CARNIVAL OF LOSSES is like a visit with an old friend. The essays run the gamut from his opinion on the resurgence of beards to the origin story for his infamous children's book, OX-CART MAN, which was originally a poem. Antidotes about dinner parties with T. S. Eliot., driving around Oregon with James Dickey, or how Theodore Roethke was a self-serving operator are in stark contrast to as essay entitled "Losing My Teeth" in which he talks about constantly losing his dentures. Po ...more
An interesting collection of essays by the poet Donald Hall. The most remarkable thing about the book is that Hall wrote them all on the cusp of turning 90. Clearly he has had the good fortune of retaining an extraordinary mental acuity. I read the book and found it made me hopeful for a long and hopefully productive old age. Sadly Donald Hall died in June of this year he had a great run.