Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Hall to be named US poet laureate - The Boston Globe

Hall to be named US poet laureate - The Boston Globe

New Hampshire poet Donald Hall, will become the next U.S. Poet Laureate this fall according to an announcement by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

Hall received the news by fax last week and responded saying, "I feel grateful and excited and a bit frantic."

Hall is 77, a former New Hampshire poet laureate, has written poetry for more than 50 years. His 15th book was published this year and is titled, White Apples and the Taste of Stone, a selection of poems from 1946 to 2006.

The widower of poet Jane Kenyon, who died in 1995 of leukemia , he published a memoir of their marriage, The Best Day the Worst Day. A good many of his poems commemorate death and loss.

Some critics cite his complex, book-length poem, The One Day, as Hall's greatest achievement. It was published in 1988, however Hall spent some seventeen years in writing it.

Biography Some of his poetry

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