Texas . . .
SAG - thanks for asking....
I think this will answer your questions about Mr. Chatfield -- there is also a picture of him at this site "http://www.poetrypower.com/who.htm" which is where I copied the following information. Personally I thought what he said was great - but they fit my feelings/ideas about poetry closely - just that I don't write within their borders the way I'd like. Anyway...introducing Hale Chatfield:
Hale Chatfield was the founder and editor of the HIRAM POETRY REVIEW, an international poetry journal first published in 1967 (Ohioana Library Association Award for Editorial Excellence, 1985), and in 1998 he retired after over thirty years as Poet in Residence and Professor of English at Hiram College, where he continued on the adjunct faculty. He was President of Chatfield Software, Inc., designers and distributors of computer software for education, and he had more than twenty years of active experience in Ohio's Poets in the Schools program.
Chatfield's eighteen books include ten volumes of poetry, HALE CHATFIELD'S GREATEST HITS (Johnstown, Ohio, 2000--in preparation), HALE CHATFIELD: Selected Poetry 1958-1998 (Hiram, Ohio, 1998: a CD-ROM disk for Windows 95--see the "Products Page"), VOX (Hiram, Ohio, 1995), THE SOTTO VOCE MASSACRES (Hiram, Ohio, 1990), POSSESSIONS (Cleveland, 1984), WATER COLORS (Gulfport, Florida, 1979), WHAT COLOR ARE YOUR EYES? (La Crosse, 1978), AT HOME (Ashland, Ohio, 1971), TEETH (Trumansburg, New York, 1967), and THE YOUNG COUNTRY (New York, 1959). A monograph entitled PlayGROWnd (1998) was published in 1998 as a CD-ROM for Windows and Mac multimedia computers (see the "Products Page"), and another entitled POETRY AND LOVE (1988) appears with a second edition of At Home as HIRAM POETRY REVIEW SUPPLEMENT NO. 9. He was co-editor of two volumes of work by Henry Dumas and was one of two poets featured in VOYAGES TO THE INLAND SEA, No. VII (Center for Contemporary Poetry, Univ. of Wisconsin--La Crosse). Another recent book is a collection of short fiction, LITTLE FICTIONS, LOVING LIES (Gulfport, 1981). His poems are published widely in literary periodicals and are included in numerous anthologies. Two short novels (EPISODES: A POST-MIDCENTURY ALBUM and NORTH STAR) were published in 1992 and 1993.
Literary criticism by Hale Chatfield has appeared in AMERICAN IMAGO, KENYON REVIEW, MEDITERRANEAN REVIEW, MILTON QUARTERLY, NORTHEAST, TRACE, UNIVERSITY REVIEW, and elsewhere, including the reference works CONTEMPORARY LITERARY CRITICISM and DICTIONARY OF LITERARY THEMES AND MOTIFS. He has been a consultant to programs in experimental education, and he has taped a two-week educational series on poetry with NBC-TV. He was an innovator in the area of computers and poetry and has provided frequent commentary on the subject in the HIRAM POETRY REVIEW.
He received degrees from Wesleyan University and Rutgers University and completed a program of study at Bairnwick Theological Seminary. From 1968 to 1972 he was Co-Chair of the first Literature Advisory Panel to the Ohio Arts Council.
Chatfield received a 1975 poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and in that same year accepted a poetry residency at Yaddo, in Saratoga Springs, New York. In 1980 he received a writing fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council, and in 1993 he received the Ohioana Library Association Poetry Award.
E. Hale Chatfield passed away on Thanksgiving Day 2000 of a sudden heart attack. He had had a wonderful day and had even read some of his favorite poems to his family.