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Collected here for the first ...
Collected here for the first time are Hall's reminiscences of time spent with the sculptor Henry Moore, appreciations of his sports heroes such as Bob Cousy, Red Auerbach, Carlton Fisk, and his insightful and inspiring readings of fellow poets, E. A. Robinson, Andrew Marvell, James Wright, and others. This undeniably eclectic mix is a celebration and catalog of a writer's subjects. In Hall's words, "The title should please not only for its prodigious procession of p's but for bringing back memories of rote recitation standing in the third grade doing the multiplication tables, 7's maybe, or maybe the principal products of Portugal."
Hall's dedication to the written word will be familiar to readers of his poetry and his autobiographical essay Life Work, a "sustained meditation on work as the key to personal happiness," according to the Los Angeles
Times. Principal Products of Portugal gives Hall's readers a fresh perspective on familiar subjects as well as a deeper appreciation for the making of a reader, writer, and poet.
The author of Life Work, a celebration of meaningful work and a chronicle of the author's own mortality, now takes readers on a tour of things he loves: baseball, the multipurposeness of the New Hampshire country store, poetry, and trees. Writing with respect, humor and love, Hall provides insight into creativity and work.
|Ballad of the Republic||1|
|Words of Henry Adams||20|
|On Moving One's Lips, While Reading||50|
|The Darkened Parlor||57|
|Bluejeans and Robert Francis||68|
|Art for Life for Art||75|
|The Unsayable Said||81|
|Lament for a Maker||118|
|Long Live the Dead||140|
|Reading, Sorrow, and Dread||146|
|Henry Moore's Day||152|
|Auerbach in Bronze||179|
|Generations of Carlton Fisk||214|
|That Swing in 1941||220|
|The Continuous Party||225|
|War Cards, Purpose, and Blame||237|
|Afterword: "We Have Lived by Our Wits"||250|