Addison Street: The Berkeley Poetry Walk

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Heyday Books, Nov 30, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 284 pages
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Poetry. As a way of preserving and celebrating Berkeley's wellspring of literary and artistic history, the City of Berkeley called on former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass and award-winning artist David Goines to design a series of poetry panels that have been installed in the sidewalks of Berkeley's thriving downtown arts and theater district. Filled with history, poetry, and anecdote, it is a splendid introduction to the history of poetry in the city, with full commentary on each poem by Hass himself. Taken as a whole, this work makes clear the importance, passion, playfulness, and episodic looniness of one of America's most vibrant cities.

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Robert Hass was born in San Francisco in 1941. He attended St. Mary's College and Stanford University. His books of poetry include "Time and Materials", for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 and the National Book Award in 2008; "Sun Under Wood", for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1996; "Human Wishes"; "Praise", for which he received the William Carlos Williams Award in 1979; and "Field Guide", which was selected by Stanley Kunitz for the Yale Younger Poets Series. Hass also worked with Czeslaw Milosz to translate a dozen volumes of Milosz's poetry, including the book-length "Treatise on Poetry" and, most recently, "A Second Space". His translations of the Japanese haiku masters have been collected in "The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa". His books of essays include "Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry", which received the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism in 1984, and "Now and Then: The Poet's Choice Columns, 1997-2000". From 1995 to 1997 he served as poet laureate of the United States. He lives in northern California with his wife, the poet Brenda Hillman, and teaches English at the University of California at Berkeley.

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