The Subvocal Zoo

The Subvocal Zoo: Episode 5 – Robert Hass

Poetry Northwest
‘s monthly podcast series, The Subvocal Zoo, features editors and friends of the magazine interviewing poets during the 2014 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Seattle. Each episode will feature lively conversation between writers in a different Seattle location.


Episode 5 features Robert Hass in conversation with Amy Glynn. Their conversation takes place on the morning of the final day of AWP in the Japanese Gardens of Seattle’s Washington Park Arboretum. This is two wild minds meandering wonderfully, folks: topics of discussion include Gotland baptismal fonts, music and poetry, gardens, constraint and discovery, intense early encounters with poetry, and American poets’ relationship with the language of the sacred.

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Robert Hass’ first collection of poetry, Field Guide, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. Since then, he has become one the most celebrated voices in contemporary American poetry. Hass is also recognized as a leading critic and translator, notably of the Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz and Japanese haiku masters Bashō, Buson, and Issa. From 1995 to 1997, Hass served as U.S. poet laureate. His most recent books of poetry are Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005 and The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems. Hass teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, and lives in California with his wife, the poet Brenda Hillman.

Amy Glynn is the author of A Modern Herbal. Her work has appeared in New England Review, Southwest Review, The New Criterion, The Best American Poetry 2010 and 2012, and elsewhere. She has received a Morton Marr Prize and a Dorothy Sargeant Rosenberg Award, and was the first recipient of Poetry Northwest‘s Carolyn Kizer award.

The poem read following the interview, “That Music,” appears in Robert Hass’ Time and Materials.

The next episode of The Subvocal Zoo will feature Timothy Donnelly.

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