The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems

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Harper Collins, Mar 23, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 368 pages
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“No practicing poet has more talent than Robert Hass.”
—Atlantic Monthly

 

The National Book Award-winning author of Time and Materials, Robert Hass is one of the most revered of all living poets. With The Apple Trees at Olema, the former Poet Laureate and winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize offers twenty new and selected poems grounded in the beauty of the physical world. As with all of the collections of this great artist’s work, published far too infrequently, The Apple Trees at Olema is a cause for celebration.

 

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Review: The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems

User Review  - Liz - Goodreads

This is my first time reading the poetry of Robert Hass, and this collection of poetry draws from his previous collections Field Guide, Praise, Human Wishes, Sun Under Wood, and Time and Materials ... Read full review

Review: The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems

User Review  - John Tessitore - Goodreads

I came to Hass because I heard him reading on the radio one day and he gave his poems such life, such joy--even the sad ones. They don't leap from the page in quite the same way. His tone is steady ... Read full review

Contents

The Birds
3
A Death
11
variations on a Passage in Edward Abbey
18
Some of Davids Story
29
The Red Chinese Dragon and the Shadows on Her Body
36
on the Coast near Sausalito
43
For Earlene
50
The Marshes
55
Human Wishes
149
Duck Blind
156
In the Bahamas
159
Santa Barbara Road
173
Privilege of Being
187
from Sun Under Wood
201
The Gardens of Warsaw
219
Faint Music
232

The Nineteenth Century as a Song
62
In Weather
69
from Praise
77
Against Botticelli
83
The Pure ones
89
The origin of Cities
95
Emblems of a Prior order
99
A Letter
109
fromHuman Wishes
131
Late Spring
137
Calm
143
Forty Something
235
Jatun Sacha
249
Iowa January
265
Breach and orison
278
Art and Life
291
Three Imitations
306
Drift and vapor Surf Faintly
320
Pears
333
Exit Pursued by a Sierra Meadow
347
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Robert Hass was born in San Francisco. His books of poetry include The Apple Trees at Olema (Ecco, 2010), Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Time and Materials (Ecco, 2008), Sun Under Wood (Ecco, 1996), Human Wishes (1989), Praise (1979), and Field Guide (1973), which was selected by Stanley Kunitz for the Yale Younger Poets Series. Hass also co-translated several volumes of poetry with Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz and authored or edited several other volumes of translation, including Nobel Laureate Tomas Tranströmer's Selected Poems (2012) and The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa (1994). His essay collection Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry (1984) received the National Book Critics Circle Award. Hass served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997 and as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He lives in California with his wife, poet Brenda Hillman, and teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.

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