Translated poems of Hazel Hall


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As Oregon grew and prospered, it cultivated a new crop of writers, among them, Hazel Hall, born in 1886. Hall’s sensitive, lyrical poetry has been compared to Emily Dickinson’s. This extraordinary Portland poet was published and actually did gain a national reputation. But her short-lived poetic career lasted only from 1916 through 1924. She published her first poem at the age of thirty, her first book at thirty-five. In her peak publishing year of 1923, she had more than forty-five poems published in such magazines as Poetry, Dial, Harpers, Yale Review, The Nation, Literary Review, Lyric, Contemporary Verse, and Bookman. And such diverse critics as William Troy, Ridgely Torrence, Clement Stone, and Harriett Monroe found high praise for her poetry. Two collections of poems were published while she lived, Curtains (New York: John Lane Co, 1921) and Walkers (New York: Dodd, Mead Co., 1923). Dutton published her posthumous book, Cry of Time, in 1928, four years after her death.


Originally published in Shadows and Echoes 4 (1): 9-11, published by Pacific Lutheran University.

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