The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems
The Apple Trees at Olema includes work from Robert Hass's first five books—Field Guide, Praise, Human Wishes, Sun Under Wood, and Time and Materials—as well as a substantial gathering of new poems, including a suite of elegies, a series of poems in the form of notebook musings on the nature of storytelling, a suite of summer lyrics, and two experiments in pure narrative t...more
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stories of love, pain, romance, depression, and sexuality.
Accessible narratives told through verse,
yet you still have the mystery of poetry:
Here everything seems clear,
firmly etched against the pale
smoky sky: sedge, flag, owl's clover,
The collection is divided into a few chapbooks, each book containing its unique aura. Longer poems, like "Some of David's Story,"contained sectioned pauses that I really liked because I could stop to consider ...more
.......‘the other notion that,
because there is in this world no one thing
to which the bramble of blackberry corresponds,
a word is elegy to what i ...more
Hass noticeably loves nature. The references to plant and animal species, as well as geographical locations,is very dominant throughout the poems, in some sections more than others. Although t ...more
The Apple Trees at Olema is beautiful, scient ...more