McNair to Hall: October 6, 1982

Letter from McNair to Hall, October 6, 1982, Page 1, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire

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October 6, 1982

Dear Don,

Diane bought me this, and while I’m glad to have
it and like it, I would really prefer stationery
a bit simpler–and cheaper. Would you send me
sometime the address of the company which does yours?
You mentioned once that prices there are low. Does
the company offer a variety of typefaces for name
and address?

Your notes about poems, sent so quickly after
my questions, have been enormously helpful. I
would be lost without your sympathetic and insightful
comments. Thank you.

If you like the enclosed–or any part of
what’s here–please pass it on to Joey. If you
have reservations, I will welcome your letter about
them. I am at work (always) on others, but they
may be awhile. I had hoped for two more for
this batch, but they remain under their stone,
until some later resurrection!

By the way, I did send the book to Costanzo–
this, after your OK.

The attached check is for Ploughshares poems,


which earned $25.

Fall is lovely here–the trees beautiful,
even as their leaves fall. We live in such light!

I think of your fall, pleasantly
haunted by memories of kicking leaves against
the house–and by the Blue Ghost. I trust
you are enjoying the season!

Love to you and Jane,


A note from McNair about this letter: The enclosed poem is “When Paul Flew Away.” “Blue Ghost” on page two of this letter is a reference to Don’s short lyric, “Mount Kearsarge.”

Read Mount Kearsarge (published version)