Donald Hall was not only one of America’s greatest poets and our former national Poet Laureate, but also among our most charming personal essayists. Hall approached writing as he approached life – with simplicity, affection, and a wry wit. He distilled the human experience with a sense of humor that readers will return to again and again, each time learning something new. His work glows with the affection he held for the land, the people, and the customs of rural New England, and especially for the small, New Hampshire dairy farm near Ragged Mountain he visited every summer as a child.
If any American writer deserves the description of ‘man of letters,’ it is Donald Hall. —New York Times Book Review