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Summer Snow: New Poems

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A major collection of entirely new poems from the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of Time and Materials and The Apple Trees at Olema

A new volume of poetry from Robert Hass is always an event. In Summer Snow, his first collection of poems since 2010, Hass further affirms his position as one of our most highly regarded living poets. Hass’s trademark
ebook, 192 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Ecco
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Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A book of entirely new poems by Haas, a former Poet Laureate of the United States (1995-97). The poems discuss such topics as the volatility and intrinsic beauty of nature, dealing with loss at various stages in life, and meaning of desire. The poems are intelligent, intricate and beautiful. We found this advance copy of this book (coming out in early 2020) at a little library in our neighborhood. I really enjoyed the majority of the poems and will read more by Haas. 3 1/2 stars!
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it
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The reviews I've read -- by Chiasson and Heather Treseler -- struggle to grasp the strange tension expressive of this volume's myriad forms and occasions. For Chiasson the tension remains between expansion and compression, the poet of his fine essay, "Images," and the epic poet of California, of the long meditations that put him on the poetry-world map. For Treseler, Hass remains an Orphic poet, by which, she seems to mean, one struggling to "[address], with the seemliness of lyric, the baby ...more
Niklas Pivic
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Itō Jakuchū smeared a paste of egg yolk
And white paint on the back of his scrolls
And then crushed oyster shell to another paste
And added carmine for the rooster’s crest
He painted into the soft silk.
Smuggled Prussian blues from Europe (There was a Tokugawa trade embargo)
For the way light looked on plums.

I’m not a vast lover of poetry.

Naturally, that fact is not due to poetry, but to how I have found poetry; it’s all in my head, as with my inability to love fusion jazz, mud, and war.

OK, fair
Claudia Skelton
Dec 13, 2019 rated it liked it
A collection of new poems by a poet of many awards and a former U.S. poet laureate. The poems are intelligent and discuss nature, loss and desire. I particularly enjoyed the author's personal assessment of the meaning of poetry and the impact on his personal life. A dear friend loaned me a copy of this book and I am pleased.
Keith Taylor
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Again, loving another Hass book! I am just so happy this poet is among us. Here's a short review I wrote:
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Robert Hass was born in San Francisco and lives in Berkeley, California, where he teaches at the University of California. He served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997. A MacArthur Fellow and a two-time winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, he has published poems, literary essays, and translations. He is married to the poet Brenda Hillman.