Books: Time's Sweet Praise

EXILES AND MARRIAGES (118 pp.)—Donald Hall—Viking ($3).

Now, as always, poets are a dime a dozen and good poetry is very hard to come by. The sad fact is that the best poets now alive are also among the oldest (T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, E. E. Cummings), and they are not adding significantly to their output. So when a young one comes along who has poet written all over him, the literary weather improves distinctly.

Poet Donald Hall, 27, has not yet unseated the great oldsters, but with his very first book, he has made a solid seat for himself. Exiles...

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