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Steven RatinerAt the outset—and, I suspect at the core even still—Robert Hass is a poet of praise: praise for the beauty of the natural world, for the long unfolding of our human story. ("Praise" was even the title of one of Hass's early collections.) But he is a modern man, engaged with the philosophical, aesthetic and political turmoil of our times. The Apple Trees at Olema offers new poems and a generous sampling of five published collections, and his achievement is often nothing less than splendid.
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