Daniel Hall (poet)

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Daniel J. Hall (born 1952) is an 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][not in citation given]

Hall's second book, Strange Relation, was selected by Mark Doty as winner of the 1995 National Poetry Series.[2][not in citation given] His latest book is Under Sleep.

He was a judge for the James Laughlin awards.[3]

He currently lives in Amherst, Massachusetts[2][page needed] and is Writer-in-Residence at Amherst College.[4] He is on the editorial board of the literary magazine The Common, based at Amherst College.[5]




  • Hermit with Landscape, (Yale, 1990)
  • Strange Relation, National Poetry Series 1995
  • Under Sleep, Phoenix Poets, University of Chicago, 2007, ISBN 978-0-226-31332-0.



“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.[8]

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.[9]

Highly Recommended[10]


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