Synopses & Reviews
This volume collects between two covers the finest work of Donald Hall, who over a long and distinguished career has given himself to the profession of poetry in every form. Winner of the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry.
This volume contains the finest short poetry Donald Hall has written, poems of landscape and love, of dedication and prophecy, poems that have won thousands of readers, as well as various prizes and honors.
About the Author
Donald Hall is the fourteenth poet laureate of the United States and the authorof more than two dozen books of poems and prose, including White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 19462006. His work has garnered many honors, among them the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in poetry for The One Day; the Lenore Marshall Award for The Happy Man; the Robert Frost Silver Medal from the Poetry Society of America for Old and New Poems; and the prestigious Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in recognition of his lifetime accomplishments. His poetry collection Without, which was written for Jane Kenyon during and after her illness, received the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Hall continues to inhabit the New Hampshire farmhouse where he and Jane Kenyon lived together.
Table of Contents
1934 Abroad Thoughts From Home Acorns Adultery At Forty An Airstrip In Essex, 1960 The Alligator Bride Apples At Delphi The Baseball Players Beau Of The Dead 'between The Clock And The Bed' The Black Faced Sheep The Blue Wing The Body Politic (1) Brief Lives By The Exeter River Carlotta's Confession A Carol The Child A Child's Garden Christ Church Meadows, Oxford Christmas Eve In Whitneyville Cider 5 Cents A Glass The Clown The Coal Fire The Coffee Cup Cold Water The Columns Of The Parthenon Conduct And Work Cops And Robbers The Corner Dancers The Day I Was Older The Days Digging The Dump Eating The Pig Edward's Anecdote Eleanor's Letters Elegy For Wesley Wells Exile The Family The Farm Fathers And Sons Fete Flies For An Exchange Of Rings The Foundations Of American Industry A Friend Revisited Gold A Grace Granite And Grass The Grave, The Well Great Day In The Cow's House The Green Shelf The Grown-ups The Henyard Round The High Pasture The Hole The Hut Of The Man Alone The Idea Of Flying Illustration The Impossible Marriage In The Old House 'internal And External Forms' (from Henry Moore's Sculpture) Je Suis Une Table The Jealous Lovers Kicking The Leaves The Kill 'king And Queen' (from Henry Moore's Sculpture) 'the Kiss' Letter To An English Poet The Lone Ranger The Long River Love Is Like Sounds The Man In The Dead Machine Maple Syrup 'marat's Death' Match Material Maundy Thursday's Candles Merle Bascom's .22 Milkers Broken Up The Moon Moon Clock Mount Kearsarge Mr. And Mrs. Billings Mr. Wakeville On Interstate 90 My Friend Felix My Son The Executioner Mycenae Names Of Horses New Animals New Hampshire No Color Man No Deposit Nose Notes For Nobody O Cheese 'o Flodden Field' (in Memory Of Edwin Muir) Old Home Week Old Houses The Old Pilot Old Roses Old Timers' Day On A Horse Carved In Wood On Reaching The Age Of Two Hundred Our Walk In Yorkshire Ox Cart Man Oysters And Hermits Passage To Worship Persistence Of 1937 Photographs Of China Pictures Of Philippa The Poem Poem With One Fact Praise For Death President And Poet The Presidentiad The Raisin 'reclining Figure' (from Henry Moore's Sculpture) The Red Branch Religious Articles The Repeated Shapes The Revolution The Rocker Scenic View The Scream The Sea A Second Stanza Self-portrait, As A Bear September Ode Sestina A Set Of Seasons Sew Shudder A Sister By The Pond A Sister On The Tracks Six Naps In One Day Sleeping The Sleeping Giant; A Hill In Connecticut A Small Fig Tree The Snow Some Oddities Southwest Of Buffalo Speeches Stone Walls The Stones Stories The Stump Sums (from The Daye-boke Of Adam Raison, 1515-1560) The Sun Swan The Table This Poem The Three Movements To A Waterfowl To The Loud Wind Tomorrow The Town Of Hill The Toy Bone Traffic Transcontinent The Tree And The Cloud Tubes Twelve Seasons The Umbrella The Valley Of Morning A Village In East Anglia Waiting On The Corners Waters Wedding Party Wells Whip-poor-will White Apples The Widows Wolf Knife (from The Journals Of C.f. Hoyt, Usn, 1826-89) Woolworth's The Wreckage The Young Watch Us