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Under Sleep

Under Sleep - 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226313320

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ISBN13: 978-0226313320
ISBN10: 0226313328
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Edition/Copyright: 07
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Published: 2007
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Under Sleep - 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226313320

Daniel Hall

ISBN13: 978-0226313320
ISBN10: 0226313328
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 07
Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Published: 2007
International: No
Summary

Then

You looked up vaguely

or you didn't-even the memory

is dying. Then you whole body

breathed out, and the argument ended.

Heaven surfaced about you

like a glass tabletop, hard

and cold.Whatever you do

don't turn me into poetry.Sorry:

I am done crying about it

but I am not done crying.

An extended meditation on how death affects those left behind,Under Sleepis a skillfully understated, beautifully rendered elegy for the poet's partner. Formally inventive and technically sophisticated, Daniel Hall attends to the power of death to haunt every perception. The poet's voice registers as though he were walking on the bottom of the ocean, in a state of mind somewhere "under sleep," in a kind of waking dream. In Hall's hands, isolated moments of perception bloom into truly touching love elegies.

The poems inUnder Sleepwere written over a period of ten years and, as a result, are densely interconnected, with lines and entire stan

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