Thursday, June 15, 2006

new poet laureate

I haven't read much Donald Hall, but he was married to the late Jane Kenyon, who is a favorite poet of mine thanks to Jack's recommendation.

N.H. writer to be U.S. poet laureate
By Beverley Wang, Associated Press

WILMOT - A fax last week informed Donald Hall he would be the next poet laureate of the United States, and since then, between phone calls, sitting for photographs and giving interviews, he has been thinking about his new job.
"I had one friend, I asked him to give me ideas for what I can do as poet laureate, and he typed out 85," said Hall, a former New Hampshire poet laureate.

Maxine Kumin, a friend and former state and national poet laureate from Warner, founded a women’s poetry series. Ted Kooser, the current poet laureate, has a weekly newspaper column, "American Life in Poetry."

In the living room of his farmhouse Tuesday, Hall wondered whether he could persuade a cable television network to run an occasional program of poetry, or convince satellite radio to create a poetry-only channel.

"I think most of the things I think about are unrealistic because they would take a great wad of cash to get started," he said. But you never know. "I can ask," he said, smiling.

Hall, 77, will assume his duties this fall. Poet laureates receive $35,000 for the year as well as a travel allowance.

The Library of Congress says it tries to keep official duties of its poet laureates to a minimum so they can work on their own projects.

Hall is to speak at the library’s National Book Festival on Sept. 30 in Washington and to open the library’s annual literary series in October with a reading of his work.

"Donald Hall is one of America’s most distinctive and respected literary figures," Librarian of Congress James Billington said in an announcement prepared for delivery Wednesday. "For more than 50 years, he has written beautiful poetry on a wide variety of subjects that are often distinctly American and conveyed with passion."

At age 12, Hall wrote his first poem, an overwrought piece about death. Two years later, he declared his ambition to become a poet.

"When I was 14, I decided that’s what I wanted to do with my whole life, and that’s what I’ve done.

"It was because of the love of the art that I began to write at all, not because I had something to say, but because I loved the art of poetry."

Hall said he writes from passion, not for prizes.

"I don’t have an end in view besides the making of poems," he said.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

hey poets! we've got some new people on here... yay! if you don't see your name listed on the site, you need to login to, click on "edit profile" and select "share my profile". and make sure you've filled in a display name. listing your full name is optional. i THINK that should all do the trick.

and if you haven't checked out the pictures from jack's party, do so! i'm going to add the link to the sidebar momentarily. if you have pictures, create a free flickr account and add them to the mix!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

oh Captain

I will spend more time uploading everything later, but for now, one of my favorite images:


Though purposely not mentioned here, most of you know of the surprise retirement party the DPS held for Jack Ridl.

We're posting photos at this Flickr Group. None are there yet, but will be very soon.

Have some to add? Feel free!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

new blog open for business

hi, guys. i'm now blogging like i'm some sort of edward j. carvalho. mine is called South of No North the rambling reflections of a dysfunctional poet. it's with the easiest way to get there is through my website

more poets should think about blogging. there's a big need for literary blogs. don't be shy.
and don't forget to check out my new poetry and flash fiction updates. i'm getting pretty good responses on them.

stephen saul