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Born in San Francisco, Calif., Robert Hass received his undergraduate degree from St. Mary's College and his masters and Ph.D. from Stanford University. After graduating, Hass wrote his first collection of poetry, Field Guide, which went on to win the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in 1973. show more Hass's second collection, Praise, won the Williams Carlos Williams Award in 1979. Selected by the Library of Congress as Poet Laureate of the United States in 1995-96, Hass has taught writing at the University of California at Berkeley since 1989. Hass has co-translated several volumes of poetry by Nobel Laureate and fellow colleague Czeslaw Milosz and is the editor of The Essential Haiku. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Robert Hass

The Essential Haiku: Versions of Bashō, Buson, and Issa (1994) — Translator — 666 copies
Praise (1979) 278 copies
Sun Under Wood (1996) 278 copies
Human Wishes (1989) 271 copies
The Best American Poetry 2001 (2001) — Editor — 223 copies
20th Century Pleasures (1984) 200 copies
Field Guide (1973) 181 copies
The Apple Trees At Olema (2010) 158 copies

Associated Works

The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke (1989) — Introduction, some editions — 2,025 copies
The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Contributor — 1,266 copies
The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems (2004) — Translator — 859 copies
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (1990) — Contributor — 757 copies
The Practice of the Wild (1990) — Introduction, some editions — 597 copies
New and Collected Poems: 1931–2001 (2001) — Translator, some editions — 569 copies
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (1992) — Contributor — 393 copies
Contemporary American Poetry (1962) — Contributor, some editions — 385 copies
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012 (2012) — Contributor — 199 copies
The Best American Poetry 2006 (2006) — Contributor — 189 copies
The Best American Poetry 1997 (1997) — Contributor — 167 copies
The Best American Poetry 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 166 copies
The Best American Poetry 2008 (2008) — Contributor — 135 copies
The Best American Poetry 1992 (1992) — Contributor — 102 copies
The Best American Poetry 2011 (2011) — Contributor — 86 copies
A Treatise on Poetry (2001) — Translator, some editions — 80 copies
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Contributor — 63 copies
The Best American Poetry 2019 (2019) — Contributor — 57 copies
Song of Myself and Other Poems by Walt Whitman (2010) — Selection and Introduction — 53 copies
The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013) — Introduction; Contributor — 49 copies
Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry about Birds (2004) — Contributor — 33 copies
The Yale Younger Poets Anthology (1998) — Contributor — 33 copies
Antaeus No. 75/76, Autumn 1994 - The Final Issue (1994) — Contributor — 32 copies
California Uncovered: Stories For The 21st Century (2005) — Contributor — 31 copies
For Neruda, For Chile: An International Anthology (1975) — Contributor — 23 copies
Antaeus No. 18, Summer 1975 — Contributor — 2 copies


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As someone with scant formal training in the structural and technical aspects of poetry, I found this book both fascinating and frustrating. It wasn't until the very end that I finally accepted that Hass was offering a richly annotated reference work and not a true introductory guide to the subject of poetic form. Now that I'm over my disappointment, I'm.excited to go back and dip into those sections that intrigued me most, mining Hass' lists of exemplars and perhaps even taking up his challenge to diagram some poems. All of that newfound enthusiasm aside, as a reference work his book is missing some important components, namely an index (!) and a good glossary. The presence of those two items would have bumped my review up one star.… (more)
lschiff | 1 other review | Sep 24, 2023 |
There are few Japanese Haiku I don't enjoy, whether I grasp them or feel them or not.
mykl-s | 10 other reviews | Jun 11, 2023 |
Gorgeous and amazing, this was my first poetry book for Robert Hass. I was beyond moved, clipping pictures, telling a friend how they related to piece of my life or present writings, and quoted off. I cannot wait to find more of his!
wanderlustlover | 5 other reviews | Dec 26, 2022 |
This book began as a series of newspaper columns that each presented a poem with commentary by the then poet laureate of the United States, Robert Hass. Assembled as an anthology it is a great source for poetry aficionados to dip into and savor the delight of poems great and small. The poems are welcome in Keat's "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness" or any other season.
jwhenderson | Apr 12, 2022 |



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