Former Maine poet laureate Wesley McNair will talk about his friendship with poets Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Portland Public Library. His talk is free.
McNair lived within 10 miles of Hall and Kenyon, who were married, in New Hampshire. McNair has cited Hall as a mentor and has said his friendship with Hall propelled him in his career as a young poet. The two traded letters over many years. An interactive archive of their personal correspondance, “Letters Between Poets,” is part of McNair’s broader archive housed at Colby College Special Collections.
In his talk on Saturday, McNair will supplement his reflections with poems and anecdotes. Hall, a former U.S. poet laureate, died last year. Kenyan, a New Hampshire poet laureate, died in 1995.
McNair lives in Mercer.