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Music by Brass City Brass begins 6:15

poet Donald Hall begins reading at 7:30 pm

$5.00 admission per person

come and picnic in the garden with us, there is also food and beverage,wine and beer available for purchase.....

I will be there around 6:30.

Donald Hall
"Hall has long been placed in the Frostian tradition of the plainspoken rural poet. His poems... [are imbued] with a tone of sincere authority." — Billy Collins

Poetry Prelude: Talk on Donald Hall by Michael Cervas

The fourteenth United States Poet Laureate from 2006–2007, Donald Hallwas born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1928. He received his bachelor's degree from Harvard in 1951, and in 1953 his Donald Hallbachelor's in literature from Oxford University. For the past thirty years he has lived on Eagle Pond Farm in rural New Hampshire, in the house where his grandmother and mother were born. He was married for twenty-three years to the poet Jane Kenyon, who died in 1995.

Hall has published sixteen books of poetry, beginning with Exiles and Marriages in 1955. In 2008, his memoir Unpacking the Boxes: The Life of a Poet was published. Among his books for children, Ox-Cart Man won the Caldecott Medal. His twenty books of prose include Willow Temple: New and Selected Stories (2003), The Best Day the Worst Day: Life with Jane Kenyon (2005), and a collection of his essays about poetry, Breakfast Served Any Time All Day. He has written extensively about life in New Hampshire in his memoirs Seasons at Eagle Pond (1987), Here at Eagle Pond (2000), and Eagle Pond (2007).

For his poetry, Donald Hall received the Marshall/Nation Award in 1987 for The Happy Man; both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award in 1988 for The One Day; the Lily Prize for Poetry in 1994; two Guggenheim Fellowships; and a National Medal of Arts. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Photo by Mark S. Simon.

Brass City Brass Brass City Brass is a quintet of great musical virtuosity and wide ranging knowledge. Their collective playing experience covers the entire spectrum of musical periods and genres and they bring to every performance those unique insights that make their concerts informed, exciting and completely engrossing. Members of Brass City Brass include Joel Winter on French horn and Wagner tuba; Harold Zinno on trumpet and flugelhorn; Ken Andresen on trombone and euphonium; Ernie Adams on bass trombone and euphonium; and Ryan Storms on trumpet and flugelhorn.

The gates open at 4:30 pm. Pre-performance Preludes lecture series takes place 5–5:45 in the Makeshift Theater. Music begins at 6:15 pm; poetry begins at 7:30 pm. Attendees may bring their own food or purchase on site (sandwiches, wraps, salads and beverages), from The Epicurean Caterers ( Attendance to the Festival is $5 per person, free ages 12 and under. On-site parking is FREE. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating in and around the garden. In case of rain, performances will be held indoors or under a tent.
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  • Cathy M

    What's not to like about the Hillstead, beautiful setting, complimented with music and poetry. Great picnic environment.

    July 27, 2012

  • Julie

    Great folks, the best living poet (perhaps), an enchanting moon, and a pretty good salad - not bad for my first time at Sunken Garden Poetry! Thanks so much!

    July 26, 2012

  • Gail

    Beautiful setting and a lovely evening.

    July 26, 2012

  • Andy A.

    I thought the poetry reading was fun

    July 26, 2012

  • Dave C.

    First time meeting with this group. Wonderful group!! Donald Hall was mesmerizing and although had a dark side his recitation was powerful! I'll be returning for other experiences. Thanks for the opportunity.

    July 26, 2012

  • Eleanor D.

    What better way to spend a summer evening than listening to wonderful poetry while enjoying a beautiful night in a glorious setting with like minded people?Fantastic.

    July 26, 2012

  • Leah

    I'll be there around 6:00

    July 23, 2012

  • Julie

    Hi all,

    I will likely get there early, and will head for the back left, but, as this is only my second meetup with this group, I'm not sure how many folks I'll recognize. That said, if I'm wandering around looking like I'm lost, someone could graciously flag me down... ;.)

    July 23, 2012

  • Cathy M

    Anyone who can get there earlier and save a spot for us, that would be great as I will not be able to make it there until 6:30 or so. The back left corner as you face the stage is a good spot, assuming they are putting the stage against the sheeps field.

    June 16, 2012

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