The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems

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The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems

The Apple Trees at Olema New and Selected Poems The Apple Trees at Olema includes work from Robert Hass s first five books Field Guide Praise Human Wishes Sun Under Wood and Time and Materials as well as a substantial gathering of new poems in

  • Title: The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems
  • Author: Robert Hass
  • ISBN: 9780061923821
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Apple Trees at Olema includes work from Robert Hass s first five books Field Guide, Praise, Human Wishes, Sun Under Wood, and Time and Materials as well as a substantial gathering of new poems, including a suite of elegies, a series of poems in the form of notebook musings on the nature of storytelling, a suite of summer lyrics, and two experiments in pure narrativeThe Apple Trees at Olema includes work from Robert Hass s first five books Field Guide, Praise, Human Wishes, Sun Under Wood, and Time and Materials as well as a substantial gathering of new poems, including a suite of elegies, a series of poems in the form of notebook musings on the nature of storytelling, a suite of summer lyrics, and two experiments in pure narrative that meditate on personal relations in a violent world and read like small, luminous novellas.From the beginning, his poems have seemed entirely his own a complex hybrid of the lyric line, with an unwavering fidelity to human and nonhuman nature, and formal variety and surprise, and a syntax capable of thinking through difficult things in ways that are both perfectly ordinary and really unusual Over the years, he has added to these qualities a range and a formal restlessness that seem to come from a skeptical turn of mind, an acute sense of the artifice of the poem and of the complexity of the world of lived experience that a poem tries to apprehend.Hass s work is grounded in the beauty of the physical world His familiar landscapes San Francisco, the northern California coast, the Sierra high country are vividly alive in his work His themes include art, the natural world, desire, family life, the life between lovers, the violence of history, and the power and inherent limitations of language He is a poet who is trying to say, as fully as he can, what it is like to be alive in his place and time His style formed in part by American modernism, in part by his long apprenticeship as a translator of the Japanese haiku masters and Czeslaw Milosz combines intimacy of address, a quick intelligence, a virtuosic skill with long sentences, intense sensual vividness, and a light touch It has made him immensely readable and his work widely admired.

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    1. Cheryl on said:

      Read Hass' meter and you hear stories,stories of love, pain, romance, depression, and sexuality.Accessible narratives told through verse,yet you still have the mystery of poetry:Here everything seems clear,firmly etched against the palesmoky sky: sedge, flag, owl's clover,rotting wharves.The collection is divided into a few chapbooks, each book containing its unique aura. Longer poems, like "Some of David's Story,"contained sectioned pauses that I really liked because I could stop to consider th [...]

    2. James Murphy on said:

      I like the poems of Robert Hass because they're so enormous in scope. His poems are large blocks of prose, built like a loaf of bread in which metaphors have been embedded like raisins. I like it that his poems are so developed, so all-encompassing. Hass is like a brilliant dinner conversationalist--he starts in one place but elegantly touches on several ideas before he's finished. Though tightly controlled, it seems a little like verbal improvisation. You think he's lost his way in the poem. Bu [...]

    3. Kathleen Jones on said:

      The American poet Robert Hass wasn’t someone I’d taken much notice of until a Tuesday Poem friend shared ‘Meditation at Lagunitas’. It was extraordinary - not just the way the poet used words, but the thread of reasoning that moved through the poem. This was a poem about love, memory, longing (‘desire is full/of endless distances), and language itself: .‘the other notion that,because there is in this world no one thingto which the bramble of blackberry corresponds,a word is elegy to [...]

    4. Katharine on said:

      I think most of his poems are about fruit and women's underpants. And/or Japan. Proof: poetryfoundation/poetA little didactic.

    5. Elaine on said:

      Read, but want to read again. Will read again next time I get to spend some hours up in Pt. Reyes and Olema.

    6. Liz on said:

      This is my first time reading the poetry of Robert Hass, and this collection of poetry draws from his previous collections Field Guide, Praise, Human Wishes, Sun Under Wood, and Time and Materials. Reading about Robert Hass sheds some light on the varied character and subject matter. He is respected translator, having worked with the Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz to translate his poems to English, as well as having translated the Japanese haiku of masters such as Bosho, Issa, and Suson. Hass is als [...]

    7. Margaryta on said:

      I'm glad I became acquainted with Hass' work. It showed me another aspect of poetry, another approach and type of voice, that can be found in the writing. It was a very warm and inviting kind of voice that drew me into all the poems and always did its best to keep my attention and offer something in return.Hass noticeably loves nature. The references to plant and animal species, as well as geographical locations,is very dominant throughout the poems, in some sections more than others. Although t [...]

    8. Jeff on said:

      The elegy for his brother, "August Notebook: A Death" is shattering -- superb. Much of the reviewing that this volume received in the press was a telling reaction to Hass's embrace of his role as a public poet. Embracing this role makes him a target for all those who would hew to the mainstream U.S. poetry without quite tolerating Hass's peculiar absorption of poetic styles from Rexroth to Gilbert to Oppen to Jeffers to Snyder to Paul Goodman to Palmer to Lowell. In short, he is too ecumenical. [...]

    9. Diann Blakely on said:

      Hass's newest publication has as its anchor “Meditation at Lagunitas,” the poem whose opening lines became, almost overnight, a cultural mantra: “All the new thinking is about thinking / Hence it resembles all the old thinking.” In addition to offering us a carefully winnowed harvest to his own canon—see “My Mother’s Nipples” for an unexpected picking—from the past 30-odd years, Hass has worked tirelessly as a translator; and during his tenure in our nation’s capitol, he inau [...]

    10. JmeDoom on said:

      Full disclosure, Robert Hass's Praise is one of my favorite books of poetry ever. It may have been the first book of poetry that I thought I understood, and later when I went back and read Field Guide, I was equally as transcended. Since then I have had mixed feeling about Hass's other other books. Of course his Milosz translations are wonderful as are his work with Haiku, but nothing had struck me as much as those to earlier works, that is until now.The Apple Trees at Olema is beautiful, scient [...]

    11. Sue Jelus on said:

      I first became acquainted with Robert Hass in the 1970's, through a little book he wrote called Field Guide. I was charmed by that book back then. So I was excited to find this book (at a Borders Close-Out sale)and was ready to fall in love with him all over again. That didn't happen. This compilation included some poems from Field Guide as well as many subsequent books, including the Pulitzer Prize winning Time and Materials. So I'm glad to have it in my library. But, overall, Hass's poems were [...]

    12. Autumn on said:

      Normaly I dont read poems but this book was ok I liked some poems and didnt like others, but I think it was good overall. This book of poems has poems that will make you laugh, cry, happy, and sad like any good collection of poems should. I had never heard of this author so it exposed me to someone new and I will definatly try to read more of his stuff. I also liked the cover on this book alot and the title and the whole nature feel while reading this book. Overall I will say it was a worth whil [...]

    13. Dan Butterfass on said:

      I was excited to read the forty or so new poems, but disappointed that they didn't seem to break any new ground from the poet's previous book, Time and Materials. Moreover, the flat almost dull tone of these new poems just seemed to tread water. There wasn't a poem or line that stayed with me, that I could mentally summon after I'd read it. Despite this, I remain an ardent admirer of Hass' first three or four books -- of every volume up through Sun Under Wood. Those new to Hass might want to buy [...]

    14. Vincent Scarpa on said:

      I think Hass is pretty fantastic about 75% of the time, and that's a pretty good percentage for a book of new and selected poems. Certainly prefer the selected to the new, and definitely not a fan of his more overtly political stuff—precisely because of its overtness, really—but in here are so many great poems: "Meditation at Lagunitas," "A Story About the Body," "Tall Windows," "On Squaw Peak," "Happiness," "My Mother's Nipples," "Faint Music."

    15. Alarie on said:

      I really enjoy Robert Hass in video readings and lectures, but was less interested in almost 400 pages of his poems. Of course, there were 5-star poems in the collection, but most were too long, too esoteric, or too experimental for my tastes. The simpler and shorter his poems, the more I tend to like them.

    16. John Tessitore on said:

      I came to Hass because I heard him reading on the radio one day and he gave his poems such life, such joy--even the sad ones. They don't leap from the page in quite the same way. His tone is steady and tasteful, but this is a big book. Fireworks have their place in American literature--and a little showmanship here would go a long way.

    17. Nicole D on said:

      I thought this was a beautiful book of poetry. Something for everyone - some long story poems, and some nice short reflective ones. I would definitely recommend this for anyone who likes poetry. Hass really has a way with words.

    18. Justin Crawford on said:

      This thick selection of poems maps the full evolution of Robert Hass, like seeing Whitman's first edition of Leaves of Grass and comparing it to the "death-bed" edition. He is a true sight for sore eyes.

    19. Brian on said:

      Hass (pronounced like lass, grass) is a wonderful American poet with sharp descriptive observations and a sense of history and place. If you've ever lived in Berkeley or the Bay Area in general, you'll find some wonderful surprises.

    20. Amanda Giffi on said:

      The new poems are wonderful. The selected poems include a variety of his best work, most well known work, and poems that may have been forgotten until now. My copy is especially special as it's signed by the poet himself.

    21. Carmela on said:

      Accessible & nature-inspired. Easy to read, and relatable - totally my style.

    22. Keith Riegert on said:

      Great collection of new and old poems from a treasured poet. I loved seeing Hass' poems dating way back to FIELD GUIDE; it's a wonderful way to experience the evolution of his writing.

    23. Maarten Buser on said:

      Heel behoorlijke tot ronduit prachtige gedichten, waar je vaak goed op kunt blijven teren.

    24. Melissa on said:

      Won this on first reads.Good poetry. I found that I picked it up, it was thought provoking. I will definately be picking it up again.

    25. Mary on said:

      "those who dont take the old white horse take the evening train"ravishing

    26. Bill Nelson on said:

      A bit mixed. Some were brilliant, others were like reviews.

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