Weinstein Auditorium, Smith College
October 2, 2007
A program of the Poetry Center at Smith College
In poems once calm and questioning, Robert Haas burrows through the outer layers of meaning assigned to objects and nature and, as the playwright Brighde Mullins claims, "sharpens our senses on the whetstone of his noticing." Hass's first poetry collection, Field Guide, was selected by Stanley Kunitz for the Yale Younger Poets Series in 1973. Indeed, Haas's poetry often serves as a guide to the natural world, while also leading the reader through complex realms of human interaction. Recipeint of a MacArthur Fellowship and two National Book Critics Circle Awards, among other honors, Hass served as United States Poet Laureate from 1995-97. He lives in California.