A Carnival of Losses is the follow-up to the late American Poet Laureate Donald Hall’s wonderful and funny essay collection Essays After Eighty. As its subtitle makes clear, this final collection was written as Hall approached his ninetieth birthday. Sadly, he was never to get there, dying a few months short of the big nine-O.
Although not as funny as its predecessor, this collection is another highly entertaining read. It is sadder than the earlier collection, but contains many entertaining anecdotes, particularly about Hall’s fellow poets.
Highly recommended. But read Essays After Eighty first.
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