“The young are never robbed of innocence
But given gold of love and memory.
We live in wealth whose bounds exceed our sense,
And when we die are full of memory.”
The American poet, essayist, and critic, Donald Hall was born on September 20, 1928. He published his first work at the age of sixteen. He received his bachelor’s degrees in literature from the University of Oxford and Havard University. He taught at the University of Michigan until 1975, after which he turned a full-time writer.
Exiles and Marriages was his first published collection of poetry. His other books include The Selected Poems of Donald Hall, The Painted Bed, Without: Poems, Kicking the Leaves and The Happy Man. An intricate meditation on middle age, The One Day: A Poem in Three Parts is considered his masterpiece.
In 2006, he was appointed Library of Congress’s 14th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry (commonly known as “Poet Laureate of the United States”). In addition to the poet laureate position, Hall was awarded many honors, including two Guggenheim fellowships, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for poetry, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.
He passed away on June 23, 2018.