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Portrait of Your Niece

And Other Poems

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Carol Hall

Portrait of Your Niece
Portrait of Your Niece

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Portrait of Your Niece

Carol Hall, who lived in Seattle, was the wife of James Hall, formerly a faculty member of the department of English at the University of Washington. She gave many readings of her poetry to audiences on the West Coast, both face-to-face and on television and radio broadcasts. She held degrees from the University of Minnesota and Smith College and taught at Minnesota and Cornell University.

Portrait of Your Niece

CONTENTS

WHEN I WAS A CHILD I BOUGHT THE BEACH
COUNTRY WITHOUT RAIN
PORTRAIT OF YOUR NIECE
BEACH AT PASTURE
THE FUNERAL-BAKED MEATS
TWO CHORUSES FROM THE WOODCUTTER'S CHILDREN
SONS AND FATHERS: THE HOMECOMING
EVENTS AT OR AN (The Indictment • The Trial • The Judgment)
BACK INSIDE THE LEANING TOWER
WILL YOU GO WITH US TO THE SEA?
DREAMS OF FAIR WOMEN
ON THE CHILDISH MORNING STREETS
PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST'S WIFE
THAT SHALLOW, SOFT, AMORPHOUS I
THE SHIP
NOW KNOCK YOUR FORELOCK ON YOUR KNEE
A GIFT OF WINTER APPLES
COUNTRY BREAKS OVER CITY
AS ANGELS FELL AND COULD NOT RISE
FOUR PURCHASES
THE OLD BRAVE MAN WITH THE LEG OF STONE
KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK ON THAT OLD BROWN DOG
THE STATIONS OF THE BREATH
THE COTTER'S CHILDREN
YOU WITH THE WORN COIN
YOUR SISTER'S DROWNED, LAERTES
DEATH, DIVE ON THE HISTORY-RIDDEN TREE
A ROOM IN THE CASTLE
A FURTHER ELEGY OF INNOCENCE
A SAVIOR RAVED
THIS IS A COUNTRY SUCH AS NEVER WAS
OFFICE MEMORANDA
EPITAPH FOR OUR LANDLORD
WHEN SHE FELT THE DARK-FURRED SEAL
TO FALL IS TO GO OUT BY THE ROTTEN DOOR
TO A WOMAN SEEN EATING THE EVENING PAPER
POEM IN PRAISE OF SAINTS
AN OLD WOMAN'S WORDS TO HER YOUNG CAT
PRODIGIES OF CIRCUMSTANCE
OLD MAP OF SUMMER
THE FOURTH AGE OF ICE
ANCIENT HISTORY
WARNING OF BIRDS
MARY FREDERICK McCALL: HER BIOGRAPHY
ODE TO A SOLITARY GOLDFISH
WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY
GAMES IN THE PARK
TWO BARCLAYS
COMPANY THAT NIGHT
BEFORE MY KEPT HANDS CURVED TO FORM THIS CROSS