Human Wishes (American Poetry Series)

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Poems deal with language, desire, suffering, art, human relationships, and mortality

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Robert Hass was born in San Francisco. His books of poetry include The Apple Trees at Olema (Ecco, 2010), Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Time and Materials (Ecco, 2008), Sun Under Wood (Ecco, 1996), Human Wishes (1989), Praise (1979), and Field Guide (1973), which was selected by Stanley Kunitz for the Yale Younger Poets Series. Hass also co-translated several volumes of poetry with Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz and authored or edited several other volumes of translation, including Nobel Laureate Tomas Tranströmer's Selected Poems (2012) and The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa (1994). His essay collection Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry (1984) received the National Book Critics Circle Award. Hass served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997 and as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He lives in California with his wife, poet Brenda Hillman, and teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.

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In his third collection of poetry, Hass ( Praise ), National Book Critics Circle Award winner for criticism, writes elegiacally of the "dizzying sensation" of physical experience, and of natural beauty, "casual and intense," to which words correspond but from which they are innately divided. "A man thinks lilacs against white houses . . . and can't find his way to a sentence," Hass reflects, observing the suffusing "radiance" of bodily perception and impelled to evoke it as faithfully as possible, though language inevitably alters what it describes. The transience of the physical, perceived in the "mortal singularity of the body," heightens the quiet drama of the poet's mission, represented powerfully in poems conveying that "life has its limits"--most poignantly in love, where men and women "are trying to become one creature, / and something will not have it." Feeling that they "are an almost animal, / washed up on the shore of a world," and seeking their completion, humans, in Hass's subtle, searching meditations, must follow the course of their own implacable rhythms, whatever utopia they wish for.
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