Robert Hass

(March 1, 1941 / San Francisco)

Robert Hass Poems

1. Privilege Of Being 4/2/2015
2. Winged And Acid Dark 9/10/2014
3. Selected Haiku By Issa 9/10/2014
4. Iowa City: Early April 9/10/2014
5. Interrupted Meditation 9/10/2014
6. Misery And Splendor 9/10/2014
7. Between The Wars 9/10/2014
8. The Apple Trees At Olema 12/24/2014
9. Sonnet 9/10/2014
10. After The Gentle Poet Kobayashi Issa 9/10/2014
11. Meditation At Lagunitas 9/10/2014
12. Heroic Simile 1/20/2003

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Heroic Simile

When the swordsman fell in Kurosawa's Seven Samurai
in the gray rain,
in Cinemascope and the Tokugawa dynasty,
he fell straight as a pine, he fell
as Ajax fell in Homer
in chanted dactyls and the tree was so huge
the woodsman returned for two days
to that lucky place before he was done with the sawing
and on the third day he brought his uncle.

They stacked logs in the resinous air,
hacking the small limbs off,
tying those bundles separately.
The slabs near the root
were quartered and still they were awkwardly large;
the logs from midtree...

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