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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Wow, DONALD HALL turns 83!

HAMDEN — How do poets give birthday parties to poets?

They read poetry.

A standing-room only crowd paid homage to Hamden native Donald Hall, a prolific writer of poetry, anthologies, memoirs and children’s books, and many afterward crowded around him for his autograph.

The occasion was the celebration of Hall’s March 2011 honor from President Obama, the National Medal of Art, and his 83rd birthday, which will be Tuesday. His 15th book of poetry, “The Back Chamber,” came out Wednesday.


He decided on his life’s work, poetry, when he was 12 or so, influenced by the writings of Edgar Allen Poe and the desire to be desirous of girls.

“I thought it was attractive to be weird,” he added, after taking a seat in front of the room so he could read his poems.

Christine Beck with 83 year old Donald Hall.

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