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Between Loneliness and Solitude

This week, the prolific poet and critic, Donald Hall passed away at 89. He was Poet Laureate of the U.S. and received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama. Hall was married to another lauded poet, Jane Kenyon until her untimely death from leukemia. More than 20 years after his wife’s passing, Hall wrote an essay in The New Yorker about solitude, love and mourning. Don’t miss it.

Illustration by Marc Johns


4 comments for “Between Loneliness and Solitude”

  1. Patricia says:

    Treasures, both Hall and Kenyon.

  2. Jules says:

    When one has experienced simultaneously intimacy and solitude, I believe, solitude and loneliness are both experienced with increased exquisite intensity.
    I hope Hall died at peace.

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