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Twentieth Century Pleasures by Robert Hass
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Feb 01, 11

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Read from December 28, 2010 to January 31, 2011

An idiosyncratic, highly readable, thought-provoking collection of essays. Instructive on haiku, thought-provoking on Milosz. I did note that he gives no serious consideration to any woman poet. That is his prerogative, but it made the book less interesting to me. Gentle as Hass is, his concerns are men's concerns.
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Robert Hass
“Nostalgia locates desire in the past where it suffers no active conflict and can be yearned toward pleasantly.”
Robert Hass, Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry
tags: poetry

Robert Hass
“Golf is a worrier's game, inward, concentrated, a matter of inches, invented by the same people who gave us Presbyterianism.”
Robert Hass, Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry
tags: poets

Robert Hass
“The whole difference between the nineteenth century and the twentieth century could be summed up in two words, graveyard and cemetery.”
Robert Hass, Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry

Robert Hass
“One may prefer spring and summer to autumn and winter, but preference is hardly to the point. The earth turns, and we live in the grain of nature, turning with it.”
Robert Hass, Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry
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