Poetry Spotlight: The Selected Poems of Donald Hall

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Donald Hall was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 2006-2007. The following selection is from “An Airstrip in Essex, 1960”.

It is a lost road into the air

It is a desert

among sugar beets.

The tiny wings

of the Spitfires of nineteen forty-one

sink under mud in the Channel.

 

Near the road a brick pillbox

totters under a load of grass,

where Home Guards waited

in the white fogs of the invasion winter.

 

Good night, old ruined war.

 

In Poland the wind rides on a jagged wall.

Smoke rises from the stones; no, it is mist.

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