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The back chamber

Author: Donald Hall
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.
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This book is the first full-length volume of poems in a decade by the author, a former poet laureate of the United States from 2006-2007. In it he illuminates the evocative, iconic objects of deep memory, "a cowbell," "a white stone perfectly round," "a three-legged milking stool", that serve to foreground the rich meditations on time and mortality that run through this collection. While his devoted readers will  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald Hall
ISBN: 9780547645858 0547645856
OCLC Number: 694829993
Description: 82 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The things --
Love's progress --
Showtunes --
Ruins --
Conclusion at Union Lake --
Three women --
Nymph and shepherd --
Bangers and mash --
River --
Meatloaf --
The week --
Convergences --
Advent --
Apples peaches --
After the prom --
Creative writing --
The pursuit of poetry --
Ric's progress. Rocking Chairs Painted Green. The number --
Scar tissue --
Sleep --
Closing --
What we did --
Searching --
The gardener --
The offspring --
Freezes and Junes --
The widower's cowbell --
Blue snow --
Goosefeathers --
The back chamber --
Maples --
The bone ring --
Alterations --
Pieces --
Envy --
"Poetry and ambition" --
Green farmhouse chairs.
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This book is the first full-length volume of poems in a decade by the author, a former poet laureate of the United States from 2006-2007. In it he illuminates the evocative, iconic objects of deep memory, "a cowbell," "a white stone perfectly round," "a three-legged milking stool", that serve to foreground the rich meditations on time and mortality that run through this collection. While his devoted readers will recognize many of his long-standing preoccupations including baseball, the family farm, love, sex, and friendship, what will strike them as new is the fierce, pitiless poignancy he reveals as his own life's end comes into view. These poems are far from being death-haunted but rather they are lively, irreverent, sexy, hilarious, ironic, sly, and full of life-affirming energy.

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