Hall to McNair, August 8, 1984

Letter from McNair to Hall, August 8, 1984, Colby College Special Collections

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8 August 1984

Wesley McNair
Hominy Pot Rd.
North Sutton, NH 03260

Dear Wes,

I love this new poem. When I first looked at
it, I was bothered by what/that…right on top of each
other. And of course there is the rhyme on “not” a
little later… I think in the long run I like it much
better than I don’t like it. I like the whole poem.
You are terrific.

I know that a version of the new book is at Norton.
I had a letter from Fran McCullough the other day, at
Dial, saying that she wanted to start a new poetry series,
and would I help her. I said yes. I told her that you
might have a book. Nothing to do about it right now.

Here is some more stuff to look at. What do you

Good for your Whitman reading in November. There
will be more!

Love to you,


Editorial note about this letter: Hall responds here to McNair’s poem “What It Is,” sent on August 3, and published in the same version he comments on in this letter–though McNair has one last question about the poem. To find this question and a text of the poem, see the next letter, which also contains McNair’s responses to the “more stuff” Hall sends him.