Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005 (Paperback)

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The poems in Robert Hass's new collection his first to appear in a decade are grounded in the beauty and energy of the physical world, and in the bafflement of the present moment in American culture. This work is breathtakingly immediate, stylistically varied, redemptive, and wise.

His familiar landscapes are here San Francisco, the Northern California coast, the Sierra high country in addition to some of his oft-explored themes: art; the natural world; the nature of desire; the violence of history; the power and limits of language; and, as in his other books, domestic life and the conversation between men and women. New themes emerge as well, perhaps: the essence of memory and of time.

The works here look at paintings, at Gerhard Richter as well as Vermeer, and pay tribute to his particular literary masters, friend Czes aw Mi osz, the great Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer, Horace, Whitman, Stevens, Nietszche, and Lucretius. We are offered glimpses of a surprisingly green and vibrant twenty-first-century Berlin; of the demilitarized zone between the Koreas; of a Bangkok night, a Mexican desert, and an early summer morning in Paris, all brought into a vivid present and with a passionate meditation on what it is and has been to be alive. "It has always been Mr. Hass's aim," the New York Times Book Review wrote, "to get the whole man, head and heart and hands and everything else, into his poetry."

Every new volume by Robert Hass is a major event in poetry, and this beautiful collection is no exception.

Praise For…

“No practicing poet has more talent than Robert Hass.”
-Atlantic Monthly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061350283
ISBN-10: 0061350281
Publisher: Ecco Press
Publication Date: October 7th, 2008
Pages: 88
Language: English