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The Land of Little Rain
Mary Hunter Austin
0812968522
July 2003
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Review
“Mary Austin was a poet, a pioneer, and a patriot.” —Terry Tempest Williams

Book Description
“Between the high Sierras south from Yosemite—east and south over a very great assemblage of broken ranges beyond Death Valley, and on illimitably into the Mojave Desert” is the territory that Mary Austin calls the Land of Little Rain. In this classic collection of meditations on the wonders of this region, Austin generously shares “such news of the land, of its trails and what is astir in them, as one lover of it can give to another.” Her vivid writings capture the landscape—from burnt hills to sun-baked mesas—as well as the rich variety of plant and animal life, and the few human beings who inhabit the land, including cattlemen,...


Going by Contraries: Robert Frost's Conflict with Science
Robert Bernard Hass
0813921112
July 2002
Hardcover
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Jay Parini, Middlebury College, author of Robert Frost: A Life
"Hass has written an intellectual history of Frost’s poetry, and this has long been needed."

Book Description
One of the most vexing problems facing American modernist poets was how to find a place for poetry and religion in a culture that considered science its most reliable source of truth. By the time Robert Frost began writing, the Emersonian concept of nature as an analogue for a benevolent deity had been replaced among the scientifically educated by the view that nature’s mechanisms were based solely upon accident, competition, and survival. Immersed in his mother’s peculiar blend of Emersonian and Swedenborgian mysticism, and already inclined by age sixteen toward a career in poetry, Frost not only saw his...


Second Space
Czeslaw Milosz
0060745665
Oct 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The title's second space comprises heaven and hell, which have "vanished forever"; without them the blessed cannot "meet salvation" and the damned "find suitable quarters." In mourning, the poet exhorts: "Let us implore that it be returned to us,/ That second space." The Nobel laureate, who died this past summer in Kraków at 93, is preoccupied in this collection with establishing that space through words, but also finds it in carnality and in "the unattainable Now." The opening section of summative short lyrics on themes familiar from late Milosz (memory, salvation, place) is followed by four long poems. "Father Severinus" is an eponymous 11-poem dramatic monologue of a priest (who shares one of the names of medieval philosopher Boethius) in whom there is "only a hope of hope." Next comes "Treatise on...


Going by Contraries: Robert Frost's Conflict with Science
Robert Bernard Bernard Hass
0813921120
July 2002
Paperback
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Jay Parini, Middlebury College, author of Robert Frost: A Life
"Hass has written an intellectual history of Frost’s poetry, and this has long been needed." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Book Description
One of the most vexing problems facing American modernist poets was how to find a place for poetry and religion in a culture that considered science its most reliable source of truth. By the time Robert Frost began writing, the Emersonian concept of nature as an analogue for a benevolent deity had been replaced among the scientifically educated by the view that nature’s mechanisms were based solely upon accident, competition, and survival. Immersed in his mother’s peculiar blend of Emersonian and Swedenborgian mysticism, and already inclined by age...


The Collected Poems
Zbigniew Herbert
0060783907
Dec 2006
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The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa, Vol. 20
Robert Hass
0880013729
April 1994
Hardcover
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Book Review
An exquisite collection of the finest works of three distinct masters of the haiku tradition: Matsuo Basho (the ascetic and seeker), Yosa Buson (the artist), and Kobayashi Issa (the humanist). The editor, Robert Hass, United States poet laureate, is the author of several books of poetry including Human Wishes as well as a book of criticism Twentieth Century Pleasures, for which he received The National Book Critics Circle Award. The book is one of the larger series of poetry collections, Essential Poets Series published by Ecco Press. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly
Hass ( Human Wishes ) defers to the complex syntactical gaps that separate the Japanese and English languages, calling his translations "versions." Here he...


Sun Under Wood
Robert Hass
0880015578
March 1998
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Book Review
Robert Hass's Sun Under Wood, his fourth poetry collection in 25 years and the winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award, appeared in the middle of his high-profile stint as poet laureate of the United States. Putting into practice the ars poetica of his Twentieth Century Pleasures essays, these poems gain altitude through association with each other, especially the clever division of labor between "Layover" and "Notes on 'Layover.'" The concerns of the book expand and contract, offering up such memorable passages as the third stanza of "Our Lady of the Snows": Though mostly when I think of myself
at that age, I am standing at my older brother's closet
studying the shirts,
convinced that I could be absolutely transformed
by something I could borrow.
And the days...


20th Century Pleasures
Robert Hass
088001539X
August 1999
Paperback
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Times Literary Supplement
"Here [is] theproseofan intelligent man who wishes to served poetry--not appropriate it or crow over it or show off as its expense--and this is a rare enough experience to arouse gratitude and admiration."

New York Times Book Review
"[Hass'] final intention is not merely to judge but to give a picture of the writer's mind.... Mr. Hass believes that poetry is what defines the self, and it is his ability to describe that process that is the heart of this book's pleasure."

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Field Guide
Robert Hass
0300076339
June 1973
Paperback
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For
Carol Snow
0520217845
Apr 2000
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The interplay between involuntary acts and cognition ("Suddenly thinking somewhere in the breath--along// the breath, is an understood place") centers Snow's second collection. The governing influence of its three sections of long-lined lyrics is Jorie Graham, who is all over lines such as the above, as well as the dashes, parentheses and brackets that break up the text throughout. In fact, the book as a whole attempts the meditational metaphysics that Graham has made famous, finding abstract ideas swirling around "every slip left out to dry," or a recurrent "boundary [coastline]." The main emphasis is on thinking through the intertwinement of the internal and external as held together by the body and self of the female speaker. It's an approach that works best in "Bowl," where images of "Something there./...


Essential Haiku, Vol. 20
Robert Hass (Editor)
0880013516
October 1995
Paperback
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Book Review
An exquisite collection of the finest works of three distinct masters of the haiku tradition: Matsuo Basho (the ascetic and seeker), Yosa Buson (the artist), and Kobayashi Issa (the humanist). The editor, Robert Hass, United States poet laureate, is the author of several books of poetry including Human Wishes as well as a book of criticism Twentieth Century Pleasures, for which he received The National Book Critics Circle Award. The book is one of the larger series of poetry collections, Essential Poets Series published by Ecco Press.

From Publishers Weekly
Hass ( Human Wishes ) defers to the complex syntactical gaps that separate the Japanese and English languages, calling his translations "versions." Here he presents three masters of the haiku form: Basho (1644-1694),...


The Best American Poetry 2001
Robert Hass
0743203836
Sept 2001
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Hass (Sun Under Wood) offers some pleasures but few real surprises in this solid 14th installment of the ever-popular annual series. As always, a famous guest editor (Hass), series editor David Lehman (The Daily Mirror, etc.), and their assistants cull 75 poems by American writers from the previous year's run of journals: Lehman and Hass each add a short foreword, and the poets themselves send in "notes and comments," with which the volume concludes. Plenty of poets here are already famous Elizabeth Bishop, who died in 1979, appears with a revealingly unburnished, posthumously published poem from the New Yorker; Adrienne Rich, Galway Kinnell, Jorie Graham, Louise Glck, Robert Creeley, Anne Carson, Robert Bly, John Ashbery and the new American laureate, Billy Collins, also turn up....


Regions of Unlikeness: Contemporary Poetry Explained
Thomas Gardner
0803221762
November 1999
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Gardner (English, Virginia Polytechnic Inst.) begins this highly academic study of modernism in contemporary poetry with the bold statement, "Charles Altieri, Marjorie Perloff, and Helen Vendler are the major voices whose work this book is most in conversation with." Basing his argument on the notion that "poetry takes place within spaces where we live out the truth of skepticism," Gardner attempts to construct an ideological criticism about modern poetics from Elizabeth Bishop to John Ashbery to--the real three subjects of this study--Jorie Graham, Robert Hass, and Michael Palmer. Each of these three is featured in a long essay, followed by the transcription of an interview. Aimed at those who are interested in approaching linguistics or poetics as "notions of the limits of knowledge" or "the fragility of...


Poems New and Collected
Wislawa Szymborska
0156011468
October 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
All poets, according to Wislawa Szymborska, are in a perpetual dialogue with the phrase I don't know. "Each poem," she writes in her 1996 Nobel Lecture, "marks an effort to answer this statement, but as soon as the final period hits the page, the poet begins to hesitate, starts to realize that this particular answer was pure makeshift, absolutely inadequate." As a self-portrait, at least, this is fairly accurate. From the beginning, Szymborska has indeed wrestled with the demon of epistemology. Yet even in her earliest poems, such as "Atlantis," she delivered her speculations with a human--which is to say, a gently ironic--face: They were or they weren't.
On an island or not.
An ocean or not an ocean
Swallowed them up or it didn't.
Fifteen years later, when her 1972 collection,...


Second Space: New Poems
Czeslaw Milosz
0060755245
August 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The title's second space comprises heaven and hell, which have "vanished forever"; without them the blessed cannot "meet salvation" and the damned "find suitable quarters." In mourning, the poet exhorts: "Let us implore that it be returned to us,/ That second space." The Nobel laureate, who died this past summer in Kraków at 93, is preoccupied in this collection with establishing that space through words, but also finds it in carnality and in "the unattainable Now." The opening section of summative short lyrics on themes familiar from late Milosz (memory, salvation, place) is followed by four long poems. "Father Severinus" is an eponymous 11-poem dramatic monologue of a priest (who shares one of the names of medieval philosopher Boethius) in whom there is "only a hope of hope." Next comes "Treatise on...


Human Wishes
Robert Hass
0880012129
Nov 1990
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In his third collection of poetry, Hass ( Praise ), National Book Critics Circle Award winner for criticism, writes elegiacally of the "dizzying sensation" of physical experience, and of natural beauty, "casual and intense," to which words correspond but from which they are innately divided. "A man thinks lilacs against white houses . . . and can't find his way to a sentence," Hass reflects, observing the suffusing "radiance" of bodily perception and impelled to evoke it as faithfully as possible, though language inevitably alters what it describes. The transience of the physical, perceived in the "mortal singularity of the body," heightens the quiet drama of the poet's mission, represented powerfully in poems conveying that "life has its limits"--most poignantly in love, where men and women "are trying to become...


Into The Garden: A Wedding Anthology: Poetry and Prose on Love and Marriage
Robert Hass
0060924691
May 1994
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Book Description
For brides and grooms who want to give their weddings new depth and meaning, two acclaimed poet-translators have gathered a stunning collection of poems and prose that will add a unique and personal dimension to the ceremony.

About the Author
Robert Hass is the author of two earlier collections of poems, Field Guide and Praise, and a book of essays, Twentieth Century Pleasures. He has also collaborated with Czeslaw Milosz on the translation of his poems, most recently Collected Poems. His many honors include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur fellowship and the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. He has taught for many years at St. Mary's College of California and is currently a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.

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