Field Guide by Robert Haas
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"[...] and I almost glimpse
what I was born to,
not so much in the sunlight
or the plum tree
as in the pulse
that forms these lines." (p. 44)
First book of poetry from Robert Haas, winner of the Yale Younger Poets Series chosen by Stanley Kunitz (vol. 68). As Kunitz observed, the "undertow" of a Haas poem draws the California landscape into lyric, the current of a love poem into a reflection over deeper waters. In these poems, Haas speaks with his own voice to make new patterns of his observations, relationships, and place in history. His poems move from passing thoughts to the natural world to the political stage all quiet as a heart murmur, chasing the real into placeless places, into timeless refractions between truth and the world.
Volume 68 of the Yale Younger Poets Series; chosen by Stanley Kunitz.
Inscribed on flyleaf and cover page. Historical notes in pencil on 1-2 pages.