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New PL For Fall

"Though I do think poetry has some relationship to reality."

-Donald Hall
The New Poet Laureate

Whew! That's a good sign-considering I've just finished writing a 29-page paper on the topic.

Have you read any of his poems written to Jane after her death? I saw the book recently but had to put it back; I don't think I'm ready to read such poems about cancer and the aftermath just yet.

Congratulations Mr. Hall. Enjoy the pears.


Ginger Heatter said...

The poems to Jane were harrowing reading. Seth and I saw Donald Hall read recently, and I'm very pleased he'll be our new Laureate.

Glenn Ingersoll said...

I liked Without. Up to then I'd found Hall's work dull dull dull. He was the epitome for me of the contemporary poet who has nothing to say and says it in the most nothing way. (I like my nothings dancing, thanx.) With Without Hall finally had something to say. But feel free to put off reading it for another twenty years. Hall's children's picture book, The Oxcart Man, is pleasant. Pick that up.

Amy Unsworth said...

I think Auden's "As I walked out one evening" does the old tune a good turn, and dances in the process:

"I'll love you till the ocean
Is folded and hung up to dry
And the seven stars go squawking
Like geese about the sky."

I like realism, but I like dancing too.