I don't know the work of Donald Hall. Indeed, until yesterday, I'm not sure that I had even heard of him. Certainly, the name hadn't stuck. Anyway, the New England poet succeeds Ted Kooser, a Nebraskan writer, as the new US poet laureate: "Solitude, ritual, and a work ethic that matches the granite of his New Hampshire home. These are the elements that frame the poetics of Donald Hall, who was named the 14th poet laureate of the United States on Wednesday, June 14, 2006." (says Arthur Allen):
The position has existed since 1937, from 1937 to 1985 as “Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress,” and from 1986 on as “Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.” Poets appointed by the librarian of Congress have included Robert Lowell,Elizabeth Bishop, Conrad Aiken, Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Penn Warren, Richard Wilbur, and Joseph Brodsky.
And the recently departed Stanley Kunitz. He was the 10th laureate, I believe. Publisher Norton were kind enough to send on a copy of The Collected Poems which I'll get around to reviewing some time soon I hope.