Human Wishes


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Ecco Press
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6.15 X 9.23 X 0.32 inches | 0.36 pounds

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About the Author

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.


"To read Robert Hass is to be in the presence of a singular brightness and freshness of mind." -- Elizabeth Hardwick"Robert Hass is so intelligent that to read his poetry or prose, or to him speak, gives one an almost visceral pleasure."-- Carolyn Kizer, "The New York Times Book Review"""Human Wishes" takes Hass's poetry to a level of tenderness that few of his contemporaries have reached.... It would not surprise me if he turned out to be one of our major poets, for he has all the requisites: intelligence, depth, musicality, sweep, intimacy, humor, observation, learning, and above all, compassion."-- "The Boston Globe""What's immediately striking in Robert Hass's work is the sheer abundance of pleasures. The poems in "Human Wishes" are energetic and full of surprises. Robert Hass captures both the brightness of the world and itsvanishing." -- "The Nation"