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Praise for John HainesA writer of rare vision and poetic eloquence.--Robert Michael Pyle, New York Times Book ReviewHaines has always written with a beautiful ear. His early work distinguished itself by combining lucid images from the naturalMorePraise for John HainesA writer of rare vision and poetic eloquence.--Robert Michael Pyle, New York Times Book ReviewHaines has always written with a beautiful ear. His early work distinguished itself by combining lucid images from the natural world with a dreamy inwardness. An imagination of solitude inhabited a solitary landscape- if the sensibility relished an ascetic purity, the body presented itself in the mouths pleasure of vowel and in the eyes exactness. The later work ... retains these qualities-- sense and imagination-- while it adds more of the world and more of Haines rigorous intelligence. He writes with a hard instrument on a hard surface, making no disposable verses.--Donald Hall, The NationHis poems require concentration, rereading, and knowledge beyond what they impart, but the extra effort is richly, religiously rewarded.--Ray Olson, BooklistIf one views Haines poetic development as a journey from the specific geography of the Alaskan wilderness to the uncharted places of the spirit, then that journey is now complete.--Dana GioiaBorn in Norfolk, Virginia in 1924, John Haines studied at the National Art School, the American University, and the Hans Hoffmann School of Fine Art. He homesteaded in Alaska for over twenty years. He is the author of several major collections of poetry- a collection of reviews, essays, interviews, and autobiography, Living Off the Country (University of Michigan Press, 1981)- and a memoir, The Stars, the Snow, the Fire (Graywolf Press, 1989). He has received numerous awards, including two Guggenheim Fellowships, a National Endowment for theArts Fellowship, the Alaska Governors Award for Excellence in the Arts, and most recently a Western State Arts Federation Lifetime Achievement Award and a Lenore Marshall/The Nation poetry prize for New Poems 1980-1988 (Story Line Press, 1990). He is currently a freelance writer and teacher and still spends part of each year in Alaska.