• Donald Hall

  • Prose and Poetry
  • By: Donald Hall
  • Narrated by: Donald Hall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Author of more than 30 books of poetry and prose, Donald Hall performs dozens of his best-loved poems, together with excerpts from 6 of his works of prose. Bursting with the passion of living, yet reverent of time and place, Hall's evocative style has made him one of America's foremost poets. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Robert Frost Medal of the Poetry Society of America, and the New England Book Award for nonfiction, and former Poet Laureate of New Hampshire, he gives each listener this gift of words - words painstakingly entwined with energy and love. Donald Hall: Prose and Poetry is a tour de force, an intimate convergence of poet, author, and listener.
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A collection of Hall’s plain living and high thinking.

There is something in the reading of good poetry that is deeply human. Reading Hall’s quite strait forward stories and poems reveals the man’s honest feelings about simple observations and reflections on his rural home, family and life. Living on a farm once owned by his grandparents he brings that past world to life in his appreciation of its rawness and simplicity. But he sees in these simple things the reality of his own world and life and he makes the reader feel it too.

This is the joy of poetry. Its words allow the human writer to communicate real human thoughts and feelings to the human reader. The poet is not making points. He’s feeling out loud and the reader can hear him.

I enjoyed the brief excerpts in this short book and will definitely seek out more of Donald Hall’s work.

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Weak start but great ending

I struggled to get through the 1st part of the book when it was endlessly rambling on about sports. I almost didn't finish it.im glad I stuck with it to hear the poetic part at the last part of the book though. if you aren't bored to death by sports, you may enjoy the 1st part. If you are, I suggest skipping ahead.

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Memorable

So grateful to Donald for reading his powerful poems celebrating New England, Jane Kenyon, Gus, seasons. Masterful wordsmith 👍