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Without: Poems | Donald Hall
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A collection of poems elegizing the author's late wife examines her suffering and death, the doctors and nurses who tried to help her, and the friends and relatives that grieved for her
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Without: Poems | Donald Hall
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Donald Hall, the former poet laureate of the United States, lost his wife of 22 years to leukemia. Also a poet, Jane Kenyon, almost avoided their marriage because she feared a long widowhood. But life took her at 47 and Donald Hall lived into his 90‘s. His sadness and devastation is evident in this book of poems. Yet, it also shows the immense love he had for her.

kspenmoll Love both of their poetry, as well as Hall‘s memoirs.💕💕 6mo
DivineDiana @kspenmoll I have a book of her poetry which I will soon read. Did not know about the memoirs. Thank you. 💗 6mo
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Weeds and Peonies

“Your peonies burst out, white as snow
with red flecks at their shaggy centers
in your border of prodigies by the porch.
I carry one magnanimous blossom indoors
and float it in a glass bowl, as you used to do.”

Not a lot of time for @DeweysReadathon but did start the day with this book, and will continue reading throughout the day. Good luck to all!

monalyisha I love the phrase “one magnanimous blossom.” 😍 6mo
DivineDiana @monalyisha Yes! 💗 6mo
Ddzmini Love the flowers 💐 🌸🌼🌻🌺 6mo
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DivineDiana @Ddzmini One of my favorites! 6mo
BookNAround I love peonies. They‘re such gorgeous blowsy show offs. 6mo
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Letter In Autumn

“ Looking south
from your stone, I gaze at the file
of eight enormous sugar maples
that rage and flare in dark noon,
the air grainy with mist
like the rain of Seattle‘s winter.
The trees go on burning
without ravage of loss or disorder.
I wish you were that birch
rising from the clump behind you,
and I the grey oak alongside.”


Redwritinghood Beautiful! 6mo
readordierachel Perfect image! 6mo
Bradleygirl Oh wow 😮 6mo
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Without: Poems | Donald Hall
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By Donald Hall

She nursed so well, I loved
being sick. Freud said
A man thrives his whole life
if he received as a child
“his mother‘s entire devotion.”


Starting a new book of poetry by a former poet laureate of the United States. He wrote this book to and for his wife who died from leukemia. Moving, sad, yet a beautiful tribute to love. #closetoyou #anglophileapril

Cinfhen That is so sad 7mo
Mdargusch Wow. Sounds heart wrenching. 💔 7mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen This excerpt is about emptying his mother‘s house after her death. 😓 7mo
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DivineDiana @Mdargusch It is, but I am also in awe of the love in his heart. ❤️ 7mo
Leftcoastzen Loved this book. 7mo
Reviewsbylola ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
DivineDiana @Leftcoastzen It is very moving. ❤️ 6mo
emilyhaldi 😭 6mo
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Without: Poems | Donald Hall
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ReadZenRites Gorgeous photo 💕💕 1y
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