Unpacking the Boxes

Unpacking the Boxes

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Donald Hall's invaluable record of the making of a poet begins with his childhood in Depression-era suburban Connecticut, where as the doted-upon son of dramatically thwarted parents he first realized poetry was qsecret, dangerous, wicked, and delicious.q Hall eloquently writes of the poetry and books that moved and formed him as a child and young man, and of adolescent efforts at poetry writinga€”an endeavor he wryly describes as more hormonal than artistic. His painful, formative days at Exeter are followed by a poetic self-liberation of sorts at Harvard and in the post-war university scene at Oxford. After a failed first marriage Hall meets and marries Jane Kenyon, and the two poets return to Eagle Pond. Fittingly, the family home that loomed large in Hall's childhood is where he grows old, and at eighty learns finally qto live in the momenta€”as you have been told to do all your life.q Unpacking the Boxes is a revelatory and tremendously poignant memoir of one man's life in poetry.Blocks of wooden houses woke to bottles lined up outside the screen door ready for the mother to make breakfast. Brock-Hall took pride in ... down Whitney Avenue. At one end, men emptied crates of dirty milk bottles, stacking them upright inanbsp;...

Title:Unpacking the Boxes
Author:Donald Hall
Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 2009-09-11


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