Reading his own poetry in this audiobook, Robert Hass is reminiscent of Robinson Jeffers in his love of the California landscape and, sometimes, his lyricism. The award-winning poet (National Book Award, Pulitzer Prize, among others) was Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997. His voice is warm and sincere, and occasionally he seems to be overcome with emotion (or to run out of breath). In this volume Hass includes essays on personal experiences, such as protesting at various nuclear installations, and a few lovely and touching love poems to his wife. He mostly avoids the traditional forms, but that doesn't mean you won't find music and rhythm here. They are just less obvious than in the work of the great formalists. Consider this an opportunity to meet one of our fine contemporary poets. D.M.H. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2020]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2020
DD ISBN 9780062950055 $17.99
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