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Breakfast Served Any Time All Day collects forty years of writings on poetry in one essential volume by master of American letters Donald Hall. Praise for Breakfast Served: ". . . the essays in this book are engaging, passionate, strange, and unified. Hall has been around a long time, and you can trace the concerns of a generation through the mind of this one man: questions Breakfast Served Any Time All Day collects forty years of writings on poetry in one essential volume by master of American letters Donald Hall. Praise for Breakfast Served: ". . . the essays in this book are engaging, passionate, strange, and unified. Hall has been around a long time, and you can trace the concerns of a generation through the mind of this one man: questions about the diminished scope of poetry, the diminished ambitions of poets, how a poem 'means,' etc. . . . . Criticism . . . is an exercise in sanity, of which these essays are a splendid and useful example." -Poetry "A luminous and essential volume about the sensuality of language, its pleasures and sounds." -Ploughshares "It is in this merger of a poet's biography and a poem's body that Hall does his best work. . . . [Breakfast Served Any Time All Day] has an undeniably infectious quality to it. Finishing it, you cannot help but want to return to your bookshelf, and read-again or for the first time-the great forgotten poems of our past." -Nathan Greenwood Thompson, Rain Taxi


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Breakfast Served Any Time All Day collects forty years of writings on poetry in one essential volume by master of American letters Donald Hall. Praise for Breakfast Served: ". . . the essays in this book are engaging, passionate, strange, and unified. Hall has been around a long time, and you can trace the concerns of a generation through the mind of this one man: questions Breakfast Served Any Time All Day collects forty years of writings on poetry in one essential volume by master of American letters Donald Hall. Praise for Breakfast Served: ". . . the essays in this book are engaging, passionate, strange, and unified. Hall has been around a long time, and you can trace the concerns of a generation through the mind of this one man: questions about the diminished scope of poetry, the diminished ambitions of poets, how a poem 'means,' etc. . . . . Criticism . . . is an exercise in sanity, of which these essays are a splendid and useful example." -Poetry "A luminous and essential volume about the sensuality of language, its pleasures and sounds." -Ploughshares "It is in this merger of a poet's biography and a poem's body that Hall does his best work. . . . [Breakfast Served Any Time All Day] has an undeniably infectious quality to it. Finishing it, you cannot help but want to return to your bookshelf, and read-again or for the first time-the great forgotten poems of our past." -Nathan Greenwood Thompson, Rain Taxi

32 review for Breakfast Served Any Time All Day: Essays on Poetry New and Selected

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lucas Miller

    Donald Hall passed away two days ago at age 89. I bought this book for two dollars at a used books store years ago. It's a little inside baseball. I can't scan. I don't know my parts of speech or rules of grammar enough to hang with many of the essays, but this was a pleasure to read. A pleasure most often because Hall is insistent on the pleasure of poetry being its highest standard. He was an old, grumpy dude. Egotistical and well aware of it, he wallowed in and also rose above his station whe Donald Hall passed away two days ago at age 89. I bought this book for two dollars at a used books store years ago. It's a little inside baseball. I can't scan. I don't know my parts of speech or rules of grammar enough to hang with many of the essays, but this was a pleasure to read. A pleasure most often because Hall is insistent on the pleasure of poetry being its highest standard. He was an old, grumpy dude. Egotistical and well aware of it, he wallowed in and also rose above his station when he wrote about his life's work. Rather it be poetry, reading, writing about poetry, or calling contemporary poets on their bullshit. I've also owned a copy of Hall's too long selected poems, White Apples and a Taste of Stone, for years, and dip into every once in a while. I hope this leads me to a deeper engagement and reading more poems from it aloud. Perhaps to my beautiful wife, my infant daughter, the dog, or just to myself in the den.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brendan

    Donald Hall is like a cantankerous old cow chewing on its cud. To avoid any misunderstandings, let me emphasize that this is a highly poetic cow, and the cud is, of course, language. When he writes, in his wonderful new collection of essays on poetry, Breakfast Served Any Time All Day, that poetry is all about the “mouth-pleasure, the muscle-pleasure,” you can't help but imagine his jaw turning over and over. “Anybody knows that the word food fills no bellies,” Hall says, “but the word food is fo Donald Hall is like a cantankerous old cow chewing on its cud. To avoid any misunderstandings, let me emphasize that this is a highly poetic cow, and the cud is, of course, language. When he writes, in his wonderful new collection of essays on poetry, Breakfast Served Any Time All Day, that poetry is all about the “mouth-pleasure, the muscle-pleasure,” you can't help but imagine his jaw turning over and over. “Anybody knows that the word food fills no bellies,” Hall says, “but the word food is for chewing on all the same: ef that sets lip to tooth, ou that rounds the lips as if for kissing, deh that smacks tongue onto mouth-top. The word carries no calories but in a receptive mouth the juices flow.” Poetry, in other words, is not sound, but the making of sound. It’s not love; it’s sex. (And writing is like orgasm, moans the 76-year-old Hall at one point—only it takes longer.) Read my full review here: http://bit.ly/2fb0XTP

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Marie Jacintho

    I've been reading these essays by Donald Hall, but slowly. This book is a wonderful resource. I think he is a better essayist than he is a poet. I'm sure the poet in him would cringe at that... but the critic in him would grin victorious. I also share many of his concerns about the diminishment of poetry. He speaks of the "diminished ambitions of poets" that too concerns me— and as I see it, it should concern not only the poets but also lovers of poetry. When the poets cease to believe they can I've been reading these essays by Donald Hall, but slowly. This book is a wonderful resource. I think he is a better essayist than he is a poet. I'm sure the poet in him would cringe at that... but the critic in him would grin victorious. I also share many of his concerns about the diminishment of poetry. He speaks of the "diminished ambitions of poets" that too concerns me— and as I see it, it should concern not only the poets but also lovers of poetry. When the poets cease to believe they can "contain" the world, their art fails. Of course that 2% of poets who are truly great will reach for the golden cup, they are destined to do so, but what happens when the other serious poets stop running the race?

  4. 5 out of 5

    James

    I like these essays more than I generally like Hall's poetry. They interest without sentimentality. I like these essays more than I generally like Hall's poetry. They interest without sentimentality.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Leona Medlin

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    Marc D'Gray

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    Diane Lanquetot

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    Margaret

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    Mark Jenkins

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    Iman Abu-Aitah

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    Simeon Berry

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    Laurence Kirmayer

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    Lindsay Penelope Illich

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    Jennifer Tuck-Ihasz

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    Emily Lucas

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    Heather Maoury

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    Logan Ritchey

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    BookDB

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    Kim Denise

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