H, Donald Hall to Ted Hughes
Donald Hall, poet and lit professor who married Jane Kenyon and gave up academic security to return to his great-grandfather’s New England farm and live entirely as a writer and editor, was named U.S. Poet Laureate in 2006.
John S. Hall
John S. Hall and his band (current incarnation: King Missile III) were purveyors of the only poem to top a record chart (“Detachable Penis,” CMJ College Chart, 1995).
A profile of Jupiter Hammon, actually the first African-American poet whose work was published (despite the often repeated claim that it was Phillis Wheatley), written for About Poetry by George Wallace.
A paper presented to the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities by George Wallace on the occasion of Jupiter Hammon’s 300th birthday celebration, presenting a new appraisal of Hammon’s life and work.
Richard Hell’s site has all kinds of interesting links floating in its monkey-totem’s cigarette smoke, including the Cuz Editions catalog, where you can read excerpts from Maggie Dubris’ Willieworld, his own Weather and more. Fun art, that’s what you get at Richard’s!
With Donne and Marvell, Herbert is one of the primary Metaphysicals, a religious and ecclesiastical poet who nonetheless appeals to today’s secular readers. A good number of his poems are at the University of Toronto’s Representative Poetry Online and Luminarium has links to his works elsewhere on the Net.
“Second only to the queen as an Elizabethan femme savante,” Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke, was born Mary Sidney, sister to the poets Sir Philip Sidney and Sir Robert Sidney. She was known as a patron of the arts as well as a practitioner.
David Hernandez, stalwart of the Chitown perf scene, mega-papi of Puerto Rican poetix, has been performing with his brilliant band, Street Sounds, for a quarter of a century.
An original, a heepening in his own write who was a founder of the Fluxus Movement who created the first Happenings, Dick Higgins died in October 1998. Born in 1938, Higgins also published Something Else Press, one of the more out-there small presses. Dig in deep the snowflakes of his influence.
There’s good background info on the first Western poet at the Perseus Project, but most importantly, you will find the entire texts of The Iliad and The Odyssey, in Samuel Butler’s translations, in MIT’s Internet Classics Archive.
Peter Howard is a hypertext pioneer and a sonnet demon. His Web site, “Low Probability of Raccoons,” is a kick. Many of his poems, like the two published in Eclectica, reflect his interests as a scientist and mathematician.
Langston Hughes was the unofficial poet laureate of Black American life and culture, a radical democrat at the center of the Harlem Renaissance, jazz/blues lyrical poet, humorous storyteller, political playwright, passionate advocate of African American pride, civil rights and artistic freedom.
Visit Hughes’ page at AAP for a brief bio, bibliography and a good selection of his poems; then if you want to study deeper into his work, go to his page at Modern American Poetry for essays and commentary on particular poems.
English Poet Laureate, husband and posthumous editor of Sylvia Plath, poet of Crow, Cave Birds, River and Wolfwatching, Ted Hughes stood at the center of controversy like a man in a storm swirling on his beloved Dartmoor.
The Earth-Moon Web site is a great archive of information about Hughes’ life and work (though probably for copyright reasons, none of the actual poems are there). Other good collections of criticism and commentary are Ann Skea’s Ted Hughes home page and The New York Times’ collection of articles on Hughes and Plath.