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Donald Hall assumes lofty role of U.S. Poet Laureate at National Book Festival
Donald Hall made his first public appearance as the Library of Congress U.S. Poet Laureate at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Reading from his monumental collection of poems White Apples and the Taste of Stone, Hall got right down to business with Love is Like Sounds, and followed with a poem about the death of his father called Christmas Eve in Whitneyville, and a series of poems about his ancestral home and life and death of his wife, the poet Jane Kenyon:The Long River; The Man in the Dead Machine; White Apples; Old Roses; Names of Horses; Without; Affirmation; Tennis Ball. Afterward, Hall took questions from Jim Lehrer NewsHour reporter Jeffrey Brown about his ancestral farm at Eagle Pond in Wilmot, New Hampshire, as well as his writing rocess, and told a funny story about meeting T.S. Eliot. A few weeks later, Hall appeared with fellow New Hampshire poet Dr. Patrick Clary, author of Dying for Beginners at a symposium on 'Love and Death' at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where Jane Kenyon spent many of her last days. After Dr. Clary read two poems called, The Pain and Memorial Day, Hall talked about his wife's death in deeply personal terms and read several poems he had written for her, including Letter Without an Address; The Ship Pounding; and Weeds and Peonies. For more videos of Donald Hall at Dartmouth, tune in to Poet-Doc Pat Clary's iReadNet video book tour

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