"Hermit with Landscape" by Daniel Hall

Hermit with Landscape Daniel Hall, James Merrill

Yale Series of Younger Poets
Publication date:
13 Jun 1990
Yale University Press
72 pages: 229 x 152 x 4mm
black & white illustrations

The winning volume in the 1989 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition is Hermit with Landscape by Daniel Hall. As James Merrill, distinguished poet and judge of the competition, has said: "Daniel Hall is a patient craftsman, a weigher of each word. Smaller and more lucid than their model, his imitations of life place no burden upon us; rather, their deftness lightens our step. Here mind once again outdances the monumental.

Winner of the 1991 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award for the best first collection of poems

"The craftsmanship is consistently adroit and admirably low-key: Hall knows the virtues of the half-rhyme and the well-tempered stanza."?Publishers Weekly


"There's plenty to reflect on here . . . . [Hall] will find [an audience] in that part of the contemporary readership that recognizes an art that conceals art, that responds generatively to language and the resources of verse, and can distinguish passion from easy sentimentality. May that readership grow."?Alfred Corn, Poetry

"Poems that exemplify the fact that Hall knows the virtues of the half-rhyme and the well-tempered stanza. Many of the poems are abstractions and/or truisms."?Bookazine Bulletin

"Hall's first collection is . . . the highly polished product of a virtuoso craftsman. . . . Engaging . . . rich.

Hall will draw attention in literary circles, and this prize-winning volume belongs on the shelves of active poetry collections."?Booklist