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By Donald Hall | Comments: ( 486 ) | Date: ( Jan 18, 2020 )

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 introducedDonald 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.

  • Title: The Painted Bed: Poems
  • Author: Donald Hall
  • ISBN: 9780618340750
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Donald Hall

Donald Hall was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1928 He began writing as an adolescent and attended the Bread Loaf Writers Conference at the age of sixteen the same year he had his first work published He earned a B.A from Harvard in 1951 and a B Litt from Oxford in 1953.Donald Hall has published numerous books of poetry, most recently White Apples and the Taste of Stone Selected Poems 1946 2006 Houghton Mifflin, 2006 The Painted Bed 2002 and Without Poems 1998 , which was published on the third anniversary of his wife and fellow poet Jane Kenyon s death from leukemia Other notable collections include The One Day 1988 , which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination The Happy Man 1986 , which won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and Exiles and Marriages 1955 , which was the Academy s Lamont Poetry Selection for 1956.In a review of Hall s recent Selected Poems, Billy Collins wrote in the Washington Post Hall has long been placed in the Frostian tradition of the plainspoken rural poet His reliance on simple, concrete diction and the no nonsense sequence of the declarative sentence gives his poems steadiness and imbues them with a tone of sincere authority It is a kind of simplicity that succeeds in engaging the reader in the first few lines Besides poetry, Donald Hall has written books on baseball, the sculptor Henry Moore, and the poet Marianne Moore He is also the author of children s books, including Ox Cart Man 1979 , which won the Caldecott Medal short stories, including Willow Temple New and Selected Stories Houghton Mifflin, 2003 and plays He has also published several autobiographical works, such as The Best Day The Worst Day Life with Jane Kenyon 2005 and Life Work 1993 , which won the New England Book award for nonfiction.Hall has edited than two dozen textbooks and anthologies, including The Oxford Book of Children s Verse in America 1990 , The Oxford Book of American Literary Anecdotes 1981 , New Poets of England and America with Robert Pack and Louis Simpson, 1957 , and Contemporary American Poetry 1962 revised 1972 He served as poetry editor of The Paris Review from 1953 to 1962, and as a member of editorial board for poetry at Wesleyan University Press from 1958 to 1964.His honors include two Guggenheim fellowships, the Poetry Society of America s Robert Frost Silver medal, a Lifetime Achievement award from the New Hampshire Writers and Publisher Project, and the Ruth Lilly Prize for poetry Hall also served as Poet Laureate of New Hampshire from 1984 to 1989 In December 1993 he and Jane Kenyon were the subject of an Emmy Award winning Bill Moyers documentary, A Life Together In the June 2006, Hall was appointed the Library of Congress s fourteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry He lives in Danbury, New Hampshire.

Comments The Painted Bed: Poems

  • Jen

    The Painted Bed is Hall's second book (2002) dealing with the death of his wife, fellow poet Jane Kenyon. In this book, he writes about his grief and anger in the 2-3 years after her death, concluding in an awkward last section about finally making new attempts at sex and attraction. But the majority of the book is about loss in general, the loss of Jane but also other losses he has witnessed in the place and house he has known all his life. The third section of the book is one poem, "Daylilies [...]

  • Elizabeth Thorpe

    There are some great, five star poems in here, but the collection is uneven. It might be personal preference, but I think the New England poems are much stronger than the post-Jane love poems.

  • Denise

    so moving

  • Marie Chow

    Cut to the Chase:This is a relatively short collection by a poetry master. Though I don’t often read poetry, when I do pick up a collection, it almost always has Donald Hall’s name on it. This is not my favorite by him, but it’s very, very well-written. Detailing the years directly after his wife, Jane, passed away, this is his second collection dealing with the emotional desolation of losing his mate. I prefer Without, and feel like this is almost its ugly stepsister… but still, if I ha [...]

  • Ruth

    In the internet age, everything is shorter and quicker. It was not hard for me to figure out that K means Okay, but I had to look up that SMH means “shaking my head”, and it was quite a while before I learned tl;dr =too long, didn’t read. My point is shorter doesn’t necessarily mean easier to understand. Which is one thing I have always loved about poetry. Of course, there are long poems, that go on for hundreds of pages, but mostly you can see a bunch of text on a page and know it is a [...]

  • Patty

    It took me much too long to finish this book. I buried it under a pile of other books and discovered it while trying to clean my house. These are powerful poems, especially those that deal with loss.There was a point when I would much prefer to read Jane Kenyon than Donald Hall. I somehow related to her poems more readily than to his. But now she is gone and I visit his pain like touching a sore tooth. I want to know how Hall's grief feels. I have not been to the place he now lives in. - I am no [...]

  • Hope L. Justice

    Let me say this book is excellent, but I found it uneven. I loved the pace, its sweeping motion. It built me up into this beautiful sad place I almost couldn't bear, only yo watch it drop off and dwindle and waste my emotional investment in the last section of the book, 'Ardor'. Honestly I found myself going, who cares, about the entire last section. I could've done completely without. A highlight for me, possibly my favorite moment: 'You think that their/dying is the worst/thing that could happ [...]

  • Mary Helene

    This is the continuation of the story. Here's a poem from this collection:In June's high light she stood at the sinkWith a glass of wineAnd listened for the bobolinkAnd crushed garlic in late sunshine.I watched her cooking, from my chair.She pressed her lipsTogether, reached for kitchenware,And tasted sauce from fingertips."It's ready now. Come on," she said."You light the candle."We ate, and talked, and went to bed,And slept. It was a miracle.

  • Tom

    Hall wrote this after the death of his wife, and fellow poet, Jane Kenyon. I think it must have taken a lot of bravery to write this book. There's a poem where he describes having sex with someone who is not his wife (presumably after her death)that's haunting, all the more so for its playful tone in the villianelle form. Couple this book with Kenyon's poem "Otherwise," and it's heart breaking.

  • Nan

    Hall is a consummate craftsman, but I'm not sure I have what it takes to appreciate sections like Ardor. Who cares what the ballerina could do? And why write a villanelle about it? Still, I appreciate Hall's celebration of what is lost, his affirmation "that it is fitting/and delicious to lose everything."

  • Anna

    A poem from The Painted Bed:White Apples by Donald Hall when my father had been dead a weekI wokewith his voice in my earI sat up in bedand held my breathand stared at the pale closed doorwhite apples and the taste of stoneif he called againI would put on my coat and galoshes

  • Jacob Reid

    The first book of Donald Hall's poetry I've ever read and it was absolutely brilliant. His poetry is simple and does not require deep reading, although you can absolutely do so. I'd say the first half of the book is not for the faint of heart because of the raw depression and sadness that is in the words, but when it comes to grief there is no other way of experiencing it.

  • Peter

    Hard to rate this- A very skilled writer and craftsman but he does go on and on whining and says so. I suppose it is the downside of confessional poetry once you begin and you are mourning it is hard to stop.

  • Chris Lilly

    Overwrought, overcomplicated, and failed to engage me. A collection of poems mourning the death of his wife, and I spent too long wading through dense thickets of unilluminating metaphor to feel anything. For a considerable poet, this must represent a catastrophic failure, surely?

  • Marla

    Love PoemWhen I fall in love,I jockey my horseinto the flaming barn.I hire a cabinon the shiny Titanic.I tease the black bear.Reading the Monitor,I scan the obituarieslooking for my name.

  • Josh Paul

    Hall decided it would be fun to write an entire book of poems about his wife's death and his life generally falling apart. It's kind of depressing in places.


    This was one of the 2003 RUSA Notable Books winners. For the complete list, go to ala/ala/mgrps/divs/rus

  • Aaron

    Another great set of poems from my new favorite poet. Not as good as Without, but still a great collection.

  • Jennifer Terranova

    A book of poems from one of my favorite poets, written after his wife died of beast cancer. Have your tissues at the ready. . .

  • Kiri Stewart

    I think this might be better than Without, or at least its equal. Still, whatever the highest rating was, 5 or 50 or 5 million stars, both books would win it.

  • Rose-Marie

    Donald Hall at his best.

  • Shonna Froebel

    Too much explicit sex for my taste

  • Kristina

    Donald Hall shuffles through widowerhood with his sidekick Gussie.

  • Maryjoamani

    Beautiful poems, along with his other volume, Without, chronicling the slow death of his beloved wife to cancer and the year following.

  • Carol Bachofner

    This lovely collection of poems should be read simultaneously with Carol Muske-Dukes Sparrow.

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