Donald Hall has been writing poetry since his boyhood in the 1930s. But just last year he was chosen as the poet laureate by the Library of Congress.
On his appointment, he was praised for his "distinctly American" voice. Over the years, he's published 15 volumes of poetry, as well as countless essays. Since 1975, he's lived on his New Hampshire farm, Eagle Pond. He does all his writing there in his ancestral home.
Hall maintains there is a place for poetry during a time of mourning and tragedy, as in the wake of the deadly shootings at Virginia Tech University last week.
MPR's Tom Crann spoke with Hall earlier this week, when he visited Minnesota.