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Saving String, Kicking Leaves: Donald Hall’s Elegies

Hall’s elegiac poetry and prose teach grim lessons that are worth heeding, but there is also a sort of unsentimental, necessary hope—a hope for continuity and unexpected rebirth, a hope that keeps open a sense of possibility—that shines obscurely beneath their grief.

Mr. Jones and Me

Place was also indispensable to our friendship whether we realized it or not. For all our determination to be malcontents, we did secretly love our home.

When the Witch of November Comes Stealin’

There’s a certain aching joy in the chill of regret.

Two Last Suppers and Ordinary Greatness: A Double Eulogy

What are the compensations on the downhill side of life?

Thoughts on the Return of College Football

Holland, MI. The beginning of the college football season is the closest thing to a state holiday in Michigan. The release of the new auto...