Daniel Hall (poet)

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Daniel J. Hall (born 1952) is an award-winning American poet.


Hall's first book, Hermit with Landscape, was selected by James Merrill as winner of the 1989 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition.[1]

Hall's second book, Strange Relation, was selected by Mark Doty as winner of the 1995 National Poetry Series.[1] His latest book is Under Sleep.

He was a judge for the James Laughlin awards.[2]

He currently lives in Amherst, Massachusetts[1] and is Writer-in-Residence at Amherst College.[3] He is on the editorial board of the literary magazine The Common, based at Amherst College.[4]






“Daniel Hall’s work reminds us that a poet’s sharp-sightedness, the whole business of ‘getting things right,’ is a matter of far more than accuracy. It’s a matter of—inescapably—thanksgiving.[7]

Daniel Hall’s poetry also negotiates autobiography and desire, and much of his new collection, Under Sleep, pairs an impulse to elegy (it is dedicated to his late partner) with a love of perceptual activity, that impressionistic seeing and feeling that comes from the conflicting currents of mind and body and is the backbone of so much lyric poetry.[8]

Highly Recommended[9]


  1. ^ a b c Hall, Daniel (1990), Hermit with Landscape, Yale University Press
  2. ^ http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/109
  3. ^ "Amherst College Faculty Bio"
  4. ^ http://www.thecommononline.org/about
  5. ^ http://www.sviastonington.org/write.htm
  6. ^ http://www.bookreporter.com/features/2001-whiting.asp
  7. ^ Brad Leithauser, Getting Things Right, The New York Review of Books, Volume 43, Number 14 · September 19, 1996
  8. ^ Getting to the point: Memorable verse ranges from the darkly comic to the impressionistic, The Chicago Tribune, Katie Peterson, August 04, 2007