Essays After Eighty

Essays After Eighty


From a former Poet Laureate, a brand new choice of essays offering a gloriously unexpected view from the vantage aspect of very previous age
 
Donald corridor has lived a striking lifetime of letters, a occupation capped through a countrywide Medal of the humanities, offered via the president. Now, within the “unknown, unanticipated galaxy” of very outdated age, he's writing looking out essays that startle, circulation, and enjoyment. within the transgressive and horrifyingly humorous “No Smoking,” he appears again over his lifetime, and several other of his ancestors’ lifetimes, of smoking unfiltered cigarettes, packs of them each day. corridor paints his previous: “Decades one another — thirty used to be terrifying, 40 I by no means spotted simply because i used to be under the influence of alcohol, fifty used to be top with a complete swap of lifestyles, sixty prolonged the bliss of 50 . . .” And, poignantly, usually joyfully, he limns his current: “When I grew to become 80 and rubbed testosterone on my chest, my beard roared like a lion and won 4 inches.” such a lot memorably, corridor writes approximately his enduring love affair along with his ancestral Eagle Pond Farm and with the writing existence that sustains him, on a daily basis: “Yesterday my first nap was once at 9:30 a.m., but if I woke up I wrote again.”

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