Synopses & Reviews
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry, this serious, ambitious, and graceful book-length poem is the masterwork of one of America's foremost contemporary poets.
"Though at times esoteric because of its form and the intricacy and spontaneity of Hall's thought processes, the poem maintains a remarkable clarity and elegance of language as vivid, concrete details are interspersed with a stream of consciousness." Publishers Weekly
"Its passion and urgency are rare and remarkable." The Washington Post
Hall celebrates his sixtieth birthday with the most powerful poem he has ever written, a book-length work that evokes the kind of public power associated with Hall's teacher Archibald MacLeish.
About the Author
Donald Hall is author of more than two dozen books of poems and of prose, most recently Willow Temple, a collection of short stories, and White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 19462006. He has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in poetry for The One Day (1989), the Lenore Marshall Award for The Happy Man (1987), the 1990 Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America for Old and New Poems (1990), and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and continues to inhabit the New Hampshire farmhouse, occupied by his family for generations, where he and Jane Kenyon lived together.