What Light Can Do: Writing as Attention
Hass, a Pulitzer Prize winning poet and former U.S. Poet Laureate, is also a luminous essayist. In this talk and discussion with poet Carol Muske-Dukes, he considers the claims on a poet’s attention as he explores art, imagination, and the natural world.
Robert Hass’s books of poetry include Time and Materials, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 and the National Book Award in 2008; Sun Under Wood: New Poems, for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1996, Human Wishes; Praise; and Field Guide. He has worked with Czeslaw Milosz to translate dozen volumes of Milosz’s poetry, including, most recently, A Second Space. His translations of Japanese haiku masters have been collected in The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa. From 1995 to 1997 he served as Poet Laureate of the United States.
Carol Muske-Dukes is the author of poetry, novels, essay collections and co-editor of two anthologies. She teaches English/Creative Writing at the University of Southern California where she founded the PhD program in Creative Writing/Literature. She writes for the Huffington Post, NY Times and LA Times (former poetry columnist at the LATimes) and has been a National Book Award finalist, Guggenheim and NEA fellow. She recently finished her term as Poet Laureate of California