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From The CriticsAfter Hall's wife, poet Jane Kenyon, died in 1995, the writer gained a new, dark muse who has influenced his last two poetry collections. With this book, Hall enters another stage of grief. In "Distressed Haiku," he writes, "You think that their / dying is the worst / thing that could happen // Then they stay dead." Every line of these seemingly simple, heartbreaking poems bears Hall's distinctive musical mark. His ear for rhythm and movement is flawless, confirming his position as a master of both open form and conventional rhymed verse. Hall's work exhibits the terrible suffering of the bereaved with dignity and beauty.