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Field Guide by Robert Hass
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Jan 17, 08

bookshelves: poetry
Read in January, 2008

I really enjoyed most of the poems in this collection. There is a strange mix of natural imagery juxtaposed with social/political commentary. It shifts among beauty, eroticism and the disturbing, perhaps being so close to the natural world, even the title “Field Guide” presents the idea that it is a reference for the wild, we see that people aren’t so removed from our animal counterparts. Maybe the trouble lies in ignoring that on some level we are made up of animal instincts, it’s an idea that is problematic for a lot of people who think that reason alone makes us superior. Hass seems to write from that division of man and animal using our wars, pettiness and double standards against us.

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