Poets: Robert Hass

Robert Hass is an American poet and former US Poet Laureate who has won many awards. He was one of my favourite professors at UC Berkeley, and introduced me to Seamus Heaney.

Why Heaney?

I first encountered Seamus Heaney in person during my undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. I had originally been admitted to the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science double-major program, having won two of the university’s most prestigious scholarships, been introduced to the Chancellor, assigned a high-ranking advisor from the Engineering faculty, and generally been welcomed to …

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Settling in

This was probably our easiest intercontinental flight yet, thanks in part to the inadvertently educational in-flight entertainment system. We caught the tube all the way up to Golders Green (no apostrophe there, for historical reasons–this excuse covers a multitude of sins in England)–to spend some quality time with Val’s delightful musician friends, their lovable elderly …

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