A Ceremony of Losses

Donald Hall

Before Hamden native Donald Hall died this June, the 89-year-old American poet laureate let a filmmaker into his home in bucolic New Hampshire. Paul Szynol’s Quiet Hours, observes Hall—whose prolific body of work is preoccupied with death, loss, and memory—in his senescence. Much like Hall’s poetry, the film has a meditative quality. Its long, slow takes “underscore the slow passage of time in old age and in reminiscence,” according to Szynol.  Thanks to The Atlantic for posting this memorable tribute.

Old Age is a Ceremony of Losses