9780618084739

Here at Eagle Pond

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  • ISBN13:

    9780618084739

  • ISBN10:

    0618084738

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-10-05
  • Publisher: Lightning Source Inc

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Summary

HERE AT EAGLE POND is Donald Hall's remarkable collection of essays about the permanent and transparent memory of place and of his coming home to Eagle Pond, New Hampshire, where he grew up and returned to live with his wife Jane Kenyon at the age of 45, where he began writing poems at the age of twelve, and where his ancestors made their livings by free-lancing as farmers. In these tender essays, Hall tells of the joys and quiddities of life in the ancestral New Hampshire place formerly worked as a dairy farm by his grandparents; of the comforts and discomforts of a world in which the year has four seasons -- maple sugar, blackfly, Red Sox, and winter. These essays are also Donald Hall's letters to friends, answers to such life-altering questions as: "What would our lives be like, living here at Eagle Pond, in solitude among relics and memories, in a countryside of birches and GMC pickups?" And they are ghost stories as well: vivid descriptions of Hall's intimate connection with the land and with his family past. Most importantly, HERE AT EAGLE POND is Donald Hall's coming home to language.

Author Biography

DONALD HALL, poet laureate of the United States from 2006 to 2007, has received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in poetry, the Lenore Marshall Award, the 1990 Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Letter Farm ix
Why We Live Here
1(7)
Keeping Things
8(12)
Perennials
20(6)
The Fire That Never Went Out
26(4)
The Embrace of Old Age
30(4)
To Walk a Dog
34(2)
The One Thousand Seasons
36(6)
Good Use for Bad Weather
42(3)
October's Omens
45(4)
A Good Foot of Snow
49(3)
Heman Chase's Corners
52(9)
Reasons for Hating Vermont
61(5)
The Radio Red Sox
66(4)
Living Room Politics
70(7)
Rusticus
77(26)
I ♥ My Dish
103(6)
The Rooster and the Silo
109(3)
Centuries of Cousins
112(3)
Country Matters
115(3)
My New England
118(13)
Fifty People Talking
131

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