THE DARK HOUSES by Donald Hall


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This slight book of verse by the author of Exiles and Marriage, which won the Lamont Poetry prize in 1955, is not one to startle and surprise. Commenting as it does on the way many obscure Americans live their lives of quiet desperation, it is competent. Hall writes with a good deal of technical proficiency; what he has to say is observant, occasionally tender, but never in any sense stirring. If this young poet, now thirty years old and a teacher at Michigan University, wants to regain the recognition won with the first volume- he will need to add depth and breadth to his work.

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 1958
Publisher: Viking