Robert Hass

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(Hass, Robert) Robert Hass served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997 and as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. His books of poetry include The Apple Trees at Olema, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Time and Materials, Sun Under Wood, Human Wishes, Praise, and Field Guide, 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 and The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa. His essay collection Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry received the National Book Critics Circle Award. In A Little Book on Form: An Exploration into the Formal Imagination of Poetry (Ecco) he brilliantly synthesizes Hass’s formidable gifts as both a poet and a critic. In suggestive, informal “notes,” Hass breaks the idea of a poem down to its barest building blocks investigates the ancient roots of the poetic impulse, taking a wide-ranging look at the most intense experience of human thought and feeling in language.