"Here [is] theproseofan intelligent man who wishes to served poetry--not appropriate it or crow over it or show off as its expense--and this is a rare enough experience to arouse gratitude and admiration." -- Times Literary Supplement
"[Hass'] final intention is not merely to judge but to give a picture of the writer's mind.... Mr. Hass believes that poetry is what defines the self, and it is his ability to describe that process that is the heart of this book's pleasure." -- New York Times Book Review
Robert Hass is the author of two earlier collections of poems, Field Guide and Praise, and a book of essays, Twentieth Century Pleasures. He has also collaborated with Czeslaw Milosz on the translation of his poems, most recently Collected Poems. His many honors include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur fellowship and the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. He has taught for many years at St. Mary's College of California and is currently a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.