Time and Materials

Poems 1997-2005

by Robert Hass

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Reflects on the beauty and energy of the physical world as well as life in contemporary America, in a stylistically varied collection of poetry that includes the poem, "Envy of Other People's Poems."

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Pulitzer Prize (2008); National Book Award (2007)

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Time and Materials

Poems 1997-2005


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Copyright © 2007 Robert Hass
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ISBN: 9780061349607

Futures in Lilacs

"Tender little Buddha," she said
Of my least Buddha-like member.
She was probably quoting Allen Ginsberg,
Who was probably paraphrasing Walt Whitman.
After the Civil War, after the death of Lincoln,
That was a good time to own railroad stocks,
But Whitman was in the Library of Congress,
Researching alternative Americas,
Reading up on the curiosities of Hindoo philosophy,
Studying the etchings of stone carvings
Of strange couplings in a book.

She was taking off a blouse,
Almost transparent, the color of a silky tangerine.
From Capitol Hill Walt Whitman must have been able to see
Willows gathering the river haze
In the cooling and still-humid twilight.
He was in love with a trolley conductor
In the summer of—what was it?—1867? 1868?

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