What Light Can Do Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World

ISBN-10: 0061923915

ISBN-13: 9780061923913

Edition: 2013

Authors: Robert Hass

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“Robert Hass is so intelligent that to read his poetry or prose, or to hear him speak, gives one an almost visceral pleasure.”—New York Times Book Review Universally lauded poet Robert Hass offers a stunning, wide-ranging collection of essays on art, imagination, and the natural world—with accompanying photos throughout. What Light Can Do is a magnificent companion piece to the former U.S. Poet Laureate’s Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning poetry collection, Time and Materials, as well as his earlier book of essays, the NBCC Award-winner Twentieth Century Pleasures. Haas brilliantly discourses on many of his favorite topics—on writers ranging from Jack London to Wallace Stevens to Allen Ginsberg to Cormac McCarthy; on California; and on the art of photography in several memorable pieces—in What Light Can Do, a remarkable literary treasure that might best be described as “luminous.”
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List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 7/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Born in San Francisco, Calif., Robert Hass received his undergraduate degree from St. Mary's College and his masters and Ph.D. from Stanford University. After graduating, Hass wrote his first collection of poetry, Field Guide, which went on to win the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in 1973. Hass's second collection, Praise, won the Williams Carlos Williams Award in 1979. Selected by the Library of Congress as Poet Laureate of the United States in 1995-96, Hass has taught writing at the University of California at Berkeley since 1989. Hass has co-translated several volumes of poetry by Nobel Laureate and fellow colleague Czeslaw Milosz and is the editor of The Essential Haiku.

Author's Note
A Miscellany of Short Pieces to Begin
Wallace Stevens in the World
Chekhov's Anger
Howl at Fifty
The Kingdom of Reversals: Notes on Hosoe's Mishima
George Oppen: His Art
Ernesto Cardenal: A Nicaraguan Poet's Beginnings
A Longer Essay on Literature and War Study War No More: Violence, Literature, and Immanuel Kant
Some California Writers
Jack London in His Time: Martin Eden
Mary Austin and The Land of Little Rain
The Fury of Robinson Jeffers
William Everson: Some Glimpses
Maxine Hong Kingston: Notes on a Woman Warrior
Poets and the World
Ko Un and Korean Poetry
Milosz at Eighty
Milosz at Ninety-three
Poetry and Terror: Some Notes on Coming to Jakarta
Zukofsky at the Outset
Tomaz �alamun: An Introduction
A Bruised Sky: Two Chinese Poets
Two Essays on Literature and Religion
Reflections on the Epistles of John
Notes on Poetry and Spirituality
Three Photographers and Their Landscapes
Robert Adams and Los Angeles
Robert Buelteman and the Coast Range
Laura McPhee and the River of No Return
Three Essays on (Mainly) American Poetry
On Teaching Poetry
Families and Prisons
Edward Taylor: How American Poetry Got Started
Imagining the Earth
Cormac McCarthy's Trilogy; or, The Puritan Conscience and the Mexican Dark
Black Nature
Rivers and Stories: An Introduction
An Oak Grove
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