American poet Robert Hass served as U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry from 1995-1997 at the Library of Congress. This guide provides access to selected print and online resources related to Hass’ life and work.
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Created: September 11, 2020
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On May 8, 1995, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Robert Hass as the 8th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. On making his appointment, Dr. Billington said,
I am pleased to announce the selection of a first-rate poet from the American West, and a gifted poetic translator, as poet laureate for 1995-96. His poetry explores our connectedness with the natural world and its reverberations in the emotions of our usual lives. Using both art and nature as starting points, he leads us into the depths of everyday existence.
Hass served two terms as poet laureate, finishing his duties in spring 1997.