McNair to Hall: August 12, 1983 (misdated 12/7/83)

Letter from McNair to Hall, December 7, 1983, Page 1, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire

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12/7/83 [letter is misdated, should be 8/12/83]

Dear Don–

Thanks for the straight talk
about the poem–even though in
this particular case, it hurts.

I find that I (stupidly enough)
forgot to mention my pleasure
at seeing your poem in the
Atlantic. Always liked that one!

Will hang onto “The Faith Healer”
until the end of the summer &
then have another go at it for
new submissions.



A note from McNair about this letter: In the opening paragraph I refer to Don’s “straight talk” about “The Faith Healer.” His criticism hurt because in that poem, I felt I had found a way to deal with a father’s violence toward a son, violence that I knew from my relationship with my stepfather. As it turned out, this poem opened the way to my later poetry about that violence.