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(01/23/2009) Time & Materials: Poems 1997-2005 by Robert Hass. New York. 2007. Ecco Press. keywords: Poetry America Literature. 88 pages. Jacket images: Top row, left to right: flower by Rozet / Jupiterimages; bird The Granger Collection, New York; leaf by Krebs / Jupiterimages. Middle row, left to right: bird from The Granger Collection, New York; flower by Rozet / Jupiterimages. Bottom row, left to right: flowers The Granger Collection, New York; Calme de Soir; Cote d'Azur by Ivan Fedorovich Choultse. Jacket design by Laura Klynstra. 9780061349607.

FROM THE PUBLISHER -

   The poems in Robert Hass's new collection - his first to appear in a decade - are grounded in the beauty and energy of the physical world, and in the bafflement of the present moment in American culture. This work is breathtakingly immediate, stylistically varied, redemptive, and wise. His familiar landscapes are here - San Francisco, the Northern California coast, the Sierra high country - in addition to some of his oft-explored themes: art; the natural world; the nature of desire; the violence of history; the power and limits of language; and, as in his other books, domestic life and the conversation between men and women. New themes emerge as well, perhaps: the essence of memory and of time. The works here look at paintings, at Gerhard Richter as well as Vermeer, and pay tribute to his particular literary masters, friend Czeslaw Milosz, the great Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer, Horace, Whitman, Stevens, Nietzsche, and Lucretius. We are offered glimpses of a surprisingly green and vibrant twenty-first-century Berlin; of the demilitarized zone between the Koreas; of a Bangkok night, a Mexican desert, and an early summer morning in Paris, all brought into a vivid present and with a passionate meditation on what it is and has been to be alive. 'It has always been Mr. Hass's aim,' the New York Times Book Review wrote, 'to get the whole man, head and heart and hands and everything else, into his poetry. ' Every new volume by Robert Hass is a major event in poetry, and this beautiful collection is no exception.

ROBERT HASS was born in San Francisco and lives in Berkeley, California, where he teaches at the University of California. He served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997. A MacArthur Fellow and a two-time winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, he has published poems, literary essays, and translations. He is married to the poet Brenda Hillman.

 

 

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