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Poetry and Me

A love of poetry has always eluded me.  That is to say that my bookshelves do not contain a lot of books of poems.  I consider this a shortcoming.

However, I was blown away by Amanda Gordon’s inaugural poem, and I do appreciate some of the old masters.  But I am a fan of Donald Hall (1928-2018), perhaps best known for being U.S. Poet Laureate (2006). He published fifty books, including 22 volumes of poetry.

Toward the end of his life, he wrote about aging, a subject of increasing interest to me. Essays after 80 in 2014 and in 2018, A Carnival of Losses—Notes Nearing Ninety. Two examples of his wisdom:

  1. “In your eighties you are invisible. Nearing ninety you hope nobody sees you.”
  1. “At nineteen you were six foot two.  At ninety-one, you will be two foot six.”


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