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Reluctantly

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Despite being among the most erudite poets of this century, Hayden Carruth has lived his life largely outside academia. This collection of stunning autobiographical essays chronicles a lifetime of wrestling with demons and muses, chronic depression, a suicide attempt, a passionate love of jazz and blues, and unflinching honesty.
Paperback, 250 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Copper Canyon Press
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Carol Peters
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm a fan of his poetry & prose & outlook on life — work hard, be honest, be good as far as possible, survive what's unmanageable. This his "reluctant" autobiography, bits & pieces, talking through how it's been. A non-pobiz poet.
cowgirl  sushi
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Excellent set of essays--personal, intimate, easy to read. A very unusual and interesting man who lived with serious mental health issues. He tried to kill himself several times and ended up teaching at Syracuse University in New York.
John
Jun 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography, 2014
Personal essays that are structured to give a sketch of the poet's life. I can see the interest in a volume like this since Carruth was so withdrawn. There are some interviews later in his life that I find to be more powerful.
Kent
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Carruth is an outstanding writer, even beyond his poetry. The writing is crisp and clean, even as you can feel old age settling in towards the end of the work. His bridging segment “Suicide” is the most compelling collection of thoughts on the subject I’ve ever encountered. There was a chunk in the last third where he talked at length about jazz, an art I find repellant, so I felt a little lost for a while, but the rest of the book proves I could read him write about virtually anything else.
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Hayden Carruth (August 3, 1921 – September 29, 2008) was an American poet and literary critic. The novelist of the same name (1862-1932) was his grandfather. He taught at Syracuse University.

Hayden Carruth grew up in Woodbury, Connecticut, and was educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at the University of Chicago. He lived in Johnson, Vermont for many years. Carruth taugh
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