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Author: HALL, DONALD
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Hall, Donald    Poet's Biography
149 poems available by this author


A BEARD FOR A BLUE PANTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Bluebeard displayed his wives
Subject(s): Marriage; Cancer (Disease); Beards; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


A CAROL    Poem Text    
First Line: The warmth of cows
Last Line: And friend to grief
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


A SECOND STANZA    Poem Text    
First Line: I put my hat upon my head
Subject(s): Johnson, Samuel (1709-1784)


A SISTER ON THE TRACKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Between pond and sheepbarn, by maples and watery birches
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


A SMALL FIG TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am dead, to be sure
Subject(s): Bible; Curses; Religion; Theology


ADULTERY AT FORTY    Poem Text    
First Line: At shower's head, high over the porcelain moonscape
Subject(s): Middle Age


ADVENT    Poem Text    
First Line: When I see the cradle rocking
Subject(s): Christianity


AFFIRMATION    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: To grow old is to lose everything
Subject(s): Aging


AFTER HORACE (ODES III, 5)    Poem Text    
First Line: Ibyas, man of property
Subject(s): Old Age; Human Conduct


AFTERNOON    Poem Text    
First Line: My mouse, my girl in gray, I speak to her
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


AMOS    Poem Text    
First Line: No one would listen. He
Subject(s): Amos (Bible)


AN ADVENTURE WITH A LADY    Poem Text    
First Line: As I watched, the animals
Last Line: Between ivory earrings
Subject(s): Love


AN AIRSTRIP IN ESSEX, 1960    Poem Text    
First Line: It is a lost road into the air
Subject(s): War


AN OLD LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Snow fell in the nght
Subject(s): Family Life; Poetry & Poets; Relatives


ANOTHER ELEGY; IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM TROUT    Poem Text    
First Line: It rained all night on the remaining elms. April soaked
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


APOLOGY FOR OLD CLOTHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Cerulean tweed jacket, twenty years old, that blueprints
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress


APPLES    Poem Text    
First Line: The have gone
Subject(s): Apples; Transience; Impermanence


ASSASSIN    Poem Text    
First Line: The spider glints
Subject(s): Spiders


AT EAGLE POND    Poem Text    
First Line: In april the ice rots. Over the pocked glaze
Subject(s): Daughters; Illness; Time


BAMBOO    Poem Text    
First Line: In clumps like grass
Subject(s): Bamboo


BASEBALL: THE SEVENTH INNING: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Baseball, I warrant, is not the whole
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL: THE SEVENTH INNING: 7    Poem Text    
First Line: Quickly exhaust this night of farewell
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL: THE SEVENTH INNING: 8    Poem Text    
First Line: With boys in the bigs who wouldn't have
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL: THE SEVENTH INNING: 9    Poem Text    
First Line: Anything, a keeper from way back
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BEANS AND FRANKS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: When newberry's closed
Subject(s): Novelty Stores; Store Closings; City & Town Life


CARIBBEAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Montego bay/in its quick curve
Subject(s): Caribbean Sea


CHRIST CHURCH MEADOWS, OXFORD    Poem Text    
First Line: Often I saw, as on my balcony
Subject(s): Oxford University; Students, Foreign


CHRISTMAS EVE IN WHITNEYVILLE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: December, and the closing of the year;
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


CHRISTMAS PARTY AT THE SOUTH DANBURY CHURCH    Poem Text    
First Line: December twenty-first
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


CLOSINGS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Suicide; Poetry & Poets


CONVERGENCES    Poem Text    
First Line: At sixteen he dismisses his mother with contempt.
Subject(s): Life


CONVERSATION'S AFTERPLAY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: At dinner our first night
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


COUPLET    Poem Text    
First Line: When the tall puffy
Variant Title(s): Old Timers' Day
Subject(s): Aging; Baseball; Sports


DEATH WORK        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


DISTRESSED HAIKU    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: In a week or ten days
Subject(s): Death; Time; Dead, The


EATING THE PIG    Poem Text    
First Line: Twelve people, most of us strangers, stand in a room
Subject(s): Pigs; Food & Eating; Boars; Hogs


EXTENDED CARE    Poem Text    
First Line: Katherine wears her hat
Subject(s): Disease; Illness; Disability


EXTRA INNINGS: THE TWELFTH INNING: 1.    Poem Text    
First Line: Before lights, kurt, baseball games were sometimes delayed
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


FLIES    Poem Text    
First Line: A fly sleeps on the field of a green curtain. I sit by my grandmother's side
Subject(s): Animals; Farm Life; Grandparents; Agriculture; Farmers; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


FOR AN EARLY RETIREMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Chinless and slouched, gray-faced, and slack of jaw
Subject(s): Hate


GOGGLES AND HELMET    Poem Text    
First Line: In her living toom
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Mothers; Hospitals


GOLD    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Pale gold of the walls, gold
Subject(s): Love


GOOSEFEATHERS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: When I was twelve I sat by myself in the steamliner
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


HER GARDEN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I let her garden go.
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


HER LONG ILLNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Daybreak until nightfall,
Subject(s): Cancer (Disease); Kenyon, Jane (1947-1995); Marital Love


HIDING    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I know she's gone for good.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL FORMS    Poem Text    
First Line: What the birds say
Subject(s): Autumn; Nature; Fall


JAMAICA    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing is taller than a royal palm
Subject(s): Jamaica, West Indies


KICKING THE LEAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Each fall in new hampshire, on the farm
Last Line: Three of us sitting together, silent, in gray november
Subject(s): Grandparents; Farm Life; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Agriculture; Farmers


LAST DAYS     Poem Text    
First Line: It was reasonable / to expect. So he wrote. The next day
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


LETTER AT CHRISTMAS    Poem Text    
First Line: The big wooden clock you gave me
Last Line: In the kearsage mini-mart
Subject(s): Christmas; Letters; Nativity, The


LETTER IN AUTUMN    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: This first october of your death
Subject(s): Death; Marital Love; Mourning; Dead, The; Bereavement


LETTER WITH NO ADDRESS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Your daffodils rose up
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


LOVE POEM    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: When you fall in love
Subject(s): Love


LYCANTHROPY REVISITED    Poem Text    
First Line: When it is truly the moon that he sees
Subject(s): Werewolves; Dreams; Nightmares


MAPLE SYRUP    Poem Text    
First Line: August, goldenrod blowing. We walk
Subject(s): Farm Life; Graves; Agriculture; Farmers; Tombs; Tombstones


MATTER OF FACT    Poem Text    
First Line: No deposit. No return


MERLE BASCOM'S .22    Poem Text    
First Line: I was twelve when my father gave me this .22
Subject(s): Sports


MIDSUMMER LETTER       
First Line: The polished black granite
Subject(s): August; Summer


MOUNT KEARSARGE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Great blue mountain! Ghost
Subject(s): Kearsarge (Mountain), New Hampshire


MOUNT KEARSARGE SHINES...    Poem Text    
First Line: Mount kearsarge shines with ice; from hemlock branches
Last Line: For the government of two
Subject(s): Togetherness; Weather


MR. WAKEFIELD ON INTERSTATE 90    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Now I will abandon the route of my life
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


MY SON, MY EXECUTIONER    Poem Text    


NAMES OF HORSES    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: All winter your brute shoulders strained against collars, padding
Subject(s): Farm Life; Love; Agriculture; Farmers


NORTH SOUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Morning is a dog with failing hindquarters
Subject(s): Life


O CHEESE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the pantry the dear dense cheeses, cheddars and harsh
Subject(s): Cheese


O FLODDEN FIELD' (IN MEMORY OF EDWIN MUIR)    Poem Text    
First Line: The learned king fought
Last Line: Picks up from the heather / a whole sword
Subject(s): Flodden Field, England; Muir, Edwin (1887-1959); War


OLD ROSES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: White roses, tiny and old, hover among thorns
Subject(s): Roses


OLD TIMER'S DAY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: When the tall puffy
Subject(s): Baseball; Old Age


OLIVES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Dead people don't like olives
Subject(s): Aging; Olives; Death; Dead, The


ON A HORSE CARVED IN WOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: The horses of the sea; remember
Subject(s): Sculpture & Sculptors


OX-CART MAN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: In october of the year,
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


PLUVIA    Poem Text    
First Line: In the nation of rainy days
Last Line: Over the nation of rainy days
Subject(s): Nature; Rain


POEM BEGINING WITH A LINE OF WITTGENSTEIN    Poem Text    
First Line: The world is everything that is the case


POEM WITH ONE FACT    Poem Text    
First Line: At pet stores in detroit, you can buy
Subject(s): Pets; Detroit, Michigan


SAFE SEX    Poem Text    
First Line: If he and she do not know each other, and feel confident
Subject(s): Desire


SELF-PORTRAIT AS A BEAR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Here is a fat animal, a bear
Subject(s): Bears


SHUDDER    Poem Text    
First Line: The foot of death has printed on my chest
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


SIX POETS IN SEATCH OF A LAWYER    Poem Text    
First Line: Finesse be first, whose elegance deplores
Subject(s): Law & Lawyers; Poetry & Poets; Attorneys


SNOWBANKS NORTH OF THE HOUSE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Those great sweeps of snow that stop suddenly six feet from the house...
Subject(s): Death - Children; Family Life; Death - Babies; Relatives


SOME AMERICANS IN PARIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Here, in the right cafe, convened by fate
Subject(s): Paris, France


SPRING GLEN GRAMMAR SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember the moment because I planned, at six in the first grade
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Students


STUMP    Poem Text    
First Line: Today they cut down the oak.
Subject(s): Oak Trees


SUMMER KITCHEN    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: In june's high light she stood at the sink
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


SUMS    Poem Text    
First Line: From that daye thee hart strokys


SWANS    Poem Text    
First Line: December, nightfall at three-thirty
Subject(s): Mills & Millers


T.R.    Poem Text    
First Line: Granted that what we summon is absurd
Subject(s): Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919)


TENNIS BALL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I parked by the grave in september, under oaks and birvhes
Subject(s): Graves; Love - Erotic; Tombs; Tombstones


THE BASEBALL PLAYERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Against the bright
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


THE BEAU OF THE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: John fleming walked in the house his cousin left him
Subject(s): Past


THE BLACK FACED SHEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: Ruminant pillows! Gregarious soft boulders!
Subject(s): Farm Life; Mortality; Shepherds & Shepherdesses; Agriculture; Farmers


THE BLUE WING    Poem Text    
First Line: She was all around me
Subject(s): Aircraft Wrecks


THE CLOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Practically all you newspaper people
Subject(s): Clowns


THE COALITION    Poem Text    
First Line: If among earth's kings lord gilgamesh should remain unreasonable
Last Line: Of pharoah death, imperator death, shogun death, president death
Subject(s): Gulf War (1991)


THE COFFEE CUP    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The newspaper, the coffee cup, the dog's
Subject(s): Death; City & Town Life; Dead, The


THE DAY I WAS OLDER        Recitation


THE DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Ten years ago this minute, he possibly sat
Subject(s): Past


THE EIGHTH INNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Kurt, terror is merely the thesis
Subject(s): Sports


THE FARM    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Standing on top of the hay
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


THE FIFTH INNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Kurt, last night dwight evans put it all
Subject(s): Sports


THE FOOTSTEPS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the kitchen of the old house, late
Subject(s): Fathers; Past; Family Life; Relatives


THE FOUNDATIONS OF AMERICAN INDUSTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the ford plant
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


THE GRAVE, THE MINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Taking off from the city
Subject(s): City & Town Life


THE HENYARD ROUND    Poem Text    
First Line: From the dark yard by the sheep barn the cock crowed
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE HUNKERING    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: In october the red leaves going brown heap and
Subject(s): Autumn; Fall


THE IMPOSSIBLE MARRIAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The bride disappears. After twenty minutes of searching
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


THE JEALOUS LOVERS    Poem Text    
First Line: When he lies in the night away from her
Subject(s): Jealousy


THE KISS    Poem Text    
First Line: The back twists with the kiss
Subject(s): Kisses


THE LONE RANGER    Poem Text    
First Line: Anarchic badlands spread without a road
Subject(s): Fictional Characters


THE MAN IN THE DEAD MACHINE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: High on a slope in new guinea
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Death; War; World War Ii; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Dead, The; Second World War


THE MAN IN THE DEAD MACHINE    Poem Text    
First Line: High on a slope in new guinea
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


THE MORNING PORCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Even the morning is formal. A coughing dog
Subject(s): Porches


THE OLD PILOT    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: He discovers himself on an old airfield.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Airplanes; Air Pilots


THE ONE DAY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: There are ways to get rich: find an old corporation,
Subject(s): Wealth; Riches; Fortunes


THE PAINTED BED    Poem Text    
First Line: Even when I danced erect


THE PORCELAIN COUPLE       
First Line: When jane felt well enough for me to leave her
Subject(s): China (Porcelain); Home


THE RAISIN    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I drank cool water from the fountain
Subject(s): Old Age


THE ROUTINE        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Marital Love; Mortality


THE SCREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Observe. Ridged, raised, tactile, the horror
Variant Title(s): Munch's Scream
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Munch, Edvard (1863-1944); Paintings & Painters


THE SHIP POUNDING    Poem Text    
First Line: Each morning I made my way
Subject(s): Ships & Shipping; Sickness; Illness


THE SLEEPING GIANT; A HILL IN CONNECTICUT    Poem Text    
First Line: The whole day long, under the walking sun
Subject(s): Children; Connecticut; Giants; Mountains; Poetry & Poets; Childhood; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


THE SNOW        Recitation
First Line: Snow is in the oak
Subject(s): Snow


THE SUN    Poem Text    
First Line: He waited in the sadness of the sun's intention
Subject(s): Sun


THE TABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Walking back to the farm from the depot
Subject(s): Farm Life; Grandparents; Childhood Memories; Agriculture; Farmers; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


THE THINGS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: When I walk in my house I see pictures,
Subject(s): Inanimate Objects


THE TOY BONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Looking through boxes
Subject(s): Nostalgia


THE WEDDING COUPLE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Fifteen years ago his heart
Subject(s): Marital Love; Old Age


THE WISH        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Mourning; Bereavement


THE WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother said, of course
Subject(s): Cancer, Lung; Death - Fathers


THE WRECKAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: At the edge of the city the pickerel
Subject(s): Life


THE YOUNG WATCH US    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The young girls look up
Variant Title(s): Lovers In Middle Age
Subject(s): Youth; Marital Love


THIS ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: When I woke that morning
Subject(s): Life


TO A WATERFOWL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Women with hats like the rear ends of pink ducks
Subject(s): Waterfowl


TOMORROW    Poem Text    
First Line: Although the car radio warned that / 'war threatened' as 'europe mobilized'
Subject(s): Americans; Kent State University - Riot, 1970; United States; America


TRAFFIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Trucks and stationwagons, vws, old chevies, pintos
Subject(s): City Traffic


TRANSCONTINENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the cities end, the
Last Line: They’re nearly there
Subject(s): Americans; United States; America


TUBES    Poem Text    
First Line: Up, down, good, bad, said
Subject(s): Illness


VALENTINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Chipmunks jump, and
Subject(s): Love


WE BRING DEMOCRACY TO THE FISH    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: It is unacceptable that fish prey on each other.
Subject(s): Fish Farming


WEEDS AND PEONIES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Your peonies burst out, white as snow squalls
Subject(s): Love


WELLS    Poem Text    
First Line: I lived in a dry well
Subject(s): Wells


WHEN THE YOUNG HUSBAND    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When the young husband picked up his friend's pretty wife
Subject(s): Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


WHITE APPLES    Poem Text    
First Line: When my father had been dead a week
Last Line: I would put on my coat and galoshes
Subject(s): Death - Fathers


WHITE APPLES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When my father had been dead a week
Subject(s): Death - Fathers


WINTER'S ASPERITY MOLLIFIES...    Poem Text    
First Line: Winter's asperity mollifies under the assault of april
Last Line: And death, love and death: how do you tell them apart?
Subject(s): Death; Love


WITHOUT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: We live in a small island stone nation
Subject(s): Cancer (Disease)


WITHOUT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: We live in a small island stone nation
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


WITNESSES' HOUSE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: From the scratchy sleep of old age,
Subject(s): Old Age


WOOL SQUARES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I sort through left-behind