By Robert Hass b. 1941 Robert Hass
Coppery light hesitates   
again in the small-leaved

Japanese plum. Summer   
and sunset, the peace   
of the writing desk

and the habitual peace   
of writing, these things   
form an order I only

belong to in the idleness   
of attention. Last light   
rims the blue mountain

and I almost glimpse   
what I was born to,
not so much in the sunlight

or the plum tree   
as in the pulse
that forms these lines.

Robert Hass, “Measure” from Field Guide. Copyright © 1973 by Robert Hass. Reprinted with the permission of Yale University Press,

Source: Field Guide (1973)

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Robert Hass is one of contemporary American poetry’s most celebrated and widely-read voices. In addition to his success as a poet, Hass is also recognized as a leading critic and translator, notably of the Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz and Japanese haiku masters Bashō, Buson, and Issa. Critics celebrate Hass’s own poetry for its clarity of expression, its conciseness, and its imagery, often drawn from everyday life. “Hass has . . .

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