Once, poetry was a common part of everyday life. Robert Hass wants to bring poetry back into the lives of workaday men and women. During the time he spent as Poet Laureate of the US, Hass decided to read widely and write a weekly newspaper column about poetry. This book is a compilation of the columns Hass write during the two year term.
Hass focuses on new poetry, but now and then he tosses in an old favorite or two. New or old, the poems he shares with us, his readers, his everyday readers, are intriguing, thoughtful, worthy.
I thank Hass for the work he did in. I wish my small town newspaper had a weekly poetry column. After all, as we poetry lovers know:
“It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
of what is found there—“