(I enjoyed a casual friendship with former U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall from 2012 until his death in 2018.)
Porter Square Books in Cambridge hosted a reading for Except for Love, New England Poets Inspired by Donald Hall on Aug. 16, 2019. It was great fun to meet several co-contributors, and to hear their various Don Hall stories. I knew that I wasn’t alone as a benefifiary of his correspondence, but it was fun to hear how important it was for so many fellow poets, too.
After introducing me, Cynthia Brackett-Vincent, the editor and publisher of the anthology, said that she considered the event a sort of afterparty for Hall, which is the title of my poem in the book.