People: Jun. 26, 2006

MEET AMERICA'S NEXT TOP POET

You make $35,000 a year to get kids psyched about sonnets. No, you're not a middle school English teacher; you're the poet laureate. The Library of Congress has named New Hampshire writer Donald Hall the U.S.'s new poet in chief. Hall has published 18 books of poetry--including a 1988 collection called The One Day that took 17 years to write, and two books about his late wife, poet Jane Kenyon. A "grateful" and "frantic" Hall says he would like to start a poetry channel on satellite radio or get poetry some airtime on cable TV. Can versifying...

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