^^'”Phe Coffee Cup” takes this lat-nJL ter theme as its subject. Calmlynit set the scene of life in a small NewnHampshire town: “The newspaper, thencoffee cup, the dog’s / impatience fornhis morning walk: / These fibers braidnthe ordinary mystery.” The lines thennrecord the death and funeral of Anthonyn”Cat” Middleton, the schoolbusndriver, and of his replacement by Mrs.nEk, a woman “with one / eye blue andnthe other gray.” If this New Englandnday were observed from a distance,nspatial or historical or sociological, itnwould be indistinguishable from a thousandnother days, its cycle of dying andnliving repeated as in a corridor of mir­nLnrors. But when we see it close up, itndisplays its mysteriousness in uniquendetails, like the image of Mrs. Ek’s eyes.nHall then draws his conclusion, withoutnthe skimpiest transition: “Everything / isnstrange; nothing is strange: / yarn, thenmoon, gray hair in a bun, / NewnHampshire, putting on socks.”nHere is one of those places where thenpoet must have foreseen that objectionsnwould be brought and decided that thenrisk was necessary. He knew that somenpersnickety critic would describe the lastnphrase, “putting on socks,” as anticlimacticnalmost to the point of bathos andnwayward almost to the point of grotesqueness.nHe knew that another criticnGREAT TOPICS, GREAT ISSUESnRestoring the Earth —August 1990 — Edward O.nWilson on how intelligent development can save thenenvironment, William Jordan on restorationism, JohnnBaden on the U.S. Forest Service, and FredericknTurner on natural technology. Plus Thomas Flemingnon Earth Day, Chilton Williamson on Joseph WoodnKrutch, Michael Warder on Valentin Rasputin, andnKenneth McDonald on the politics of acid rain innCanada.nFamily Liberation — October 1990 — Edwin Westnon restoring family autonomy in education, LeonardnLiggio on how the Total State undermines bothnfamily and religion, John Wauck on Allan Carlson’snThe Swedish Experiment in Family Politics, andnThomas Fleming on how moral regulation is a surensign of state despotism. Plus Anne Marie Morgan onnabortion and parental consent, and David Slavitt onnDick Tracv.nGood News — December 1990 — Eight reasons whynthings aren’t as bad as you think: by George Garrett.nE. Christian Kopff, Chilton Williamson Jr., JanenGreer. Odie B. Faulk. Harold O.J. Brown. JohnnShelton Reed, and Janet Scott Barlow. Plus argumentsnfor happiness from Thomas Fleming and KatherinenDalton, George Core on George Garrett’s ChristophernMarlowe novel, and Murray Rothbard on ThomasnSowelTs “affirmative scholarship.”nVandals in the Academy — September 1990 — E.D.nHirsch on the importance of/oner education. ElizabethnFox-Genovese on women’s studies, Paul Gottfriednon the politics of teaching humanities, andnThomas Molnar on our scrapbook approach to culturalnliteracy, Plus J.O. Tate on Tenured Radicals.nE. Christian Kopff on Paul de Man, Leon T. Hadarnon the intifada, and O.B. Hardison on the StratfordnShakespearean Festival in Ontario.nAmerican Nationalism and the Global Village —nNovember 1990 — Clyde Wilson on Americannnationalism, Samuel Francis on race and group identitynin the “new nationalism,” and Theodore Pappasnon the national service debate. Plus James BondnStockdale on the tragedy of Vietnam, William Hawkinsnon international trade and protectionism, and R. CortnKirkwood on the congressional fight for more extensivenidentification papers.nSecession — January 1991 — Tomislav Sunic onnglobalism and the right of self-determination, BillnKauffman on why Upstate should secede from NewnYork City, and Thomas Fleming on Italy’s examplenof unity through division. Plus Theodore Pappas onnMartin Luther King Jr. ‘s doctoral dissertation, AllannBrownfeld on Pat Buchanan and his critics, and J. O.nTate on the correspondence of Andrew Lytic, AllennTate, and Robert Lowell.nBACK ISSUE ORDER FORM Each issue $5.00 (postage & handling included)nTITLEnRestoring the EarthnVandals in the AcademynFamily LiberationnAmerican Nationalism andnthe Global VillagenGood NewsnSecessionnNamenCitvn28/CHRONICLESnDATEnAugust 1990nSeptember 1990nOctober 1990nNovember 1990nDecember 1990nJanuary 1991nAdnState .nQty. CostnTotal Enclosed SnZip _nMail with check lo: Chronicles • 934 N. Main Street • Rockford, IL 61103nnnJnwould call the phrase preachy and sentimental.nBut he went ahead and wrote itndown and published it.nA composer once confided to menthat certain passages of Stravinsky didnnot bear up well under harmonic analysis.n”In fact, some bars look just plainnstupid,” he said. “All you can do isnshrug and say, Well, it’s Stravinsky so itnmust be all right.” That’s the way I feelnabout this passage and a number ofnothers: well, it’s Donald Hall so it’snprobably okay. Lesser poets wouldn’tnget away with the things he does, butnthen lesser poets wouldn’t attemptnthem.nHall’s poems allow us to see him innmany guises, as Urbane Augustan,nMetaphysical Wit, Pastoral Elegist, BitingnSatirist, and so on. I don’t know thatna critic is entitled to prefer one voicenover another; it is his duty to give thenpoet the freedom of the character henchooses to write about. But an admiringnreader is permitted to have favorites, andnwhen I place myself in that position Infind that I like the Openhearted Christiannmaybe best of all.nIn these days it is nearfy impossible tonwrite plainspoken religious poetry. Wenhave grown addicted to our dim selfdoubtnand acid ironies, and a simplenheartfelt religious lyric is likely to seemnfalsely ingenuous, unconvincinglynchildish. We are so unused to the modenthat we may think we smell mockeryneven where we know there is none. Yetnsuch poems can still be written — with anlittle help perhaps from Anonymous,nBen Jonson, and George Herbert—nand, with a little willingness on the partnof the reader they can still be brightlynenjoyed. Here is “A Carol”:nThe warmth of cowsnThat chewed on haynAnd cherubimnProtected HimnAs small he lay.nChickens and sheepnKnew He was therenBecause all nightnA holy lightnSuffused the air.nDarkness was longnAnd the sun briefnWhen the Child arosenA man of sorrowsnAnd friend to grief.n^>n