Donald Hall

Seattle Arts & Lectures presents the nation's former poet laureate, who begins the spring poetry series (through May 27). First published as a teenager in the 1940s, Hall has won numerous prizes and published dozens of works (including The Painted Bed). The New Hampshire resident has also written on baseball and cheese, and crafted many children's stories. He's known for crisp imagery and unadorned prose, as in his "White Apples": when my father had been dead a week/I woke/with his voice in my ear/I sat up in bed/and held my breath/and stared at the pale closed door/white apples and the taste of stone/if he called again/I would put on my coat and galoshes. • Tickets & info: and 621-2230. BRIAN MILLER

Tue., Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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