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Course Description

The poetry of Robert Hass and Maxine Kumin extends into the twenty-first century. Both were US poets laureate. Kumin, a New England writer, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. In nineteen books of poetry, her work powerfully engages what she described as the “stuff of life.” Wife, mother, farmer, and teacher, she writes with clarity. She works in the tradition of Robert Frost and has been compared to Elizabeth Bishop. She is a meticulous observer and considered a formalist. Her humor is wry. Robert Hass, a native Californian, has won two Pulitzers. He writes muscular poetry in the nuanced voice of free verse in articulation informed by curiosity and study. An ardent environmentalist, his poems are inspired by prose writers in the tradition of John Muir. Hass covers it all—nature, the spiritual, social, political, philosophical, and historical—what Emily Dickinson called the “heft” of life. We will devote five weeks to each poet, reading deeply and engaging in wide-ranging discussions. | Facilitated discussion
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