Robert Hass: Spring Drawing
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
He’s a Californian poet––born in San Francisco, teaching at Berkley––who translates, exercises and explodes language.
Stanley Kunitz wrote about Hass’s work, “Reading a poem by Robert Hass is like stepping into the ocean when the temperature of the water is not much different from that of the air. You scarcely know, until you feel the undertow tug at you, that you have entered into another element.”
He whisks the reader into whatever environment suites his poetic purpose––this fluidity makes his poetry ultimately appealing, emotionally inescapable. He changes tense and space as one might turn a page, leaving the reader in control of little more than admiration.