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The Painted Bed

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The former US poet laureate delivers a book "filled with raw sexual disclosures, rowdy anger and a self-blasting mockery" (The New York Times).
Donald Hall's fourteenth collection opens with an epigraph from the Urdu poet Faiz: "The true subject of poetry is the loss of the beloved." In that poetic tradition, as in The Painted Bed, the beloved might be a person or something else—life itself, or the disappearing countryside. Hall's new poems further the themes of love, death, and mourning so powerfully introduced in his Without (1998), but from the distance of passed time. A long poem, "Daylilies on the Hill 1975-1989," moves back to the happy repossession of the poet's old family house and its history—a structure that "persisted against assaults" as its generations of residents could not. These poems are by turns furious and resigned, spirited and despairing—"mania is melancholy reversed," as Hall writes in another long poem, "Kill the Day." In this book's fourth and final section, "Ardor," the poet moves toward acceptance of new life in old age; eros reemerges.
"More controlled, more varied and more powerful, this taut follow-up volume [to Without] reexamines Hall's grief while exploring the life he has made since. The book's first poem, 'Kill the Day,' stands among the best Hall has ever written." —Publishers Weekly
"A compelling, sometimes shocking, and certainly deeply moving depiction of bereavement." —Poetry
"Hall has continued growing as a poet, and his steady readers may consider this his finest collection . . . Bleakness and beauty characterize the reminiscent lyrics that follow, too, joined by a breathtaking bluntness." —Booklist

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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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  • Release date: May 12, 2021

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  • ISBN: 9780547347059
  • Release date: May 12, 2021

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  • ISBN: 9780547347059
  • File size: 289 KB
  • Release date: May 12, 2021

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Fiction Poetry

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English

The former US poet laureate delivers a book "filled with raw sexual disclosures, rowdy anger and a self-blasting mockery" (The New York Times).
Donald Hall's fourteenth collection opens with an epigraph from the Urdu poet Faiz: "The true subject of poetry is the loss of the beloved." In that poetic tradition, as in The Painted Bed, the beloved might be a person or something else—life itself, or the disappearing countryside. Hall's new poems further the themes of love, death, and mourning so powerfully introduced in his Without (1998), but from the distance of passed time. A long poem, "Daylilies on the Hill 1975-1989," moves back to the happy repossession of the poet's old family house and its history—a structure that "persisted against assaults" as its generations of residents could not. These poems are by turns furious and resigned, spirited and despairing—"mania is melancholy reversed," as Hall writes in another long poem, "Kill the Day." In this book's fourth and final section, "Ardor," the poet moves toward acceptance of new life in old age; eros reemerges.
"More controlled, more varied and more powerful, this taut follow-up volume [to Without] reexamines Hall's grief while exploring the life he has made since. The book's first poem, 'Kill the Day,' stands among the best Hall has ever written." —Publishers Weekly
"A compelling, sometimes shocking, and certainly deeply moving depiction of bereavement." —Poetry
"Hall has continued growing as a poet, and his steady readers may consider this his finest collection . . . Bleakness and beauty characterize the reminiscent lyrics that follow, too, joined by a breathtaking bluntness." —Booklist

Expand title description text