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Donald Hall (1984 series)
Reading primarily from The Happy Man, Donald Hall gives us poems about the New Hampshire farm he lives on, the generations of people, cows, and chickens who lived there before him, and the whippoorwill who returns every summer: “It’s like an old friend coming back again, and I think of it as one single eternal bird that has been here forever.”

Interviewer: Henry Lyman

Donald Hall (1994 series)
Reading from Old and New Poems, Hall reflects on the sense of timelessness he seeks in the granite mountains surrounding the farm: “The experience of the cancellation of time, the cancellation therefore of ideas of change and even of endurance, is a mystical experience which is a kind of union with the divine. This is an experience which my poetry constantly searches for.”

Interviewer: Henry Lyman

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