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Robert Hass 

When: Thu., Feb. 28, 6-7:30 p.m. 2013
Price: free

"You can fall a long way in the sunlight./You can fall a long way in the rain.," wrote Robert Hass in a set of four poems published in the Paris Review in the winter of 2009. "The ones who didn't take the old white horse./Took the morning train." The former US poet laureate and current UC Berkeley professor loves the light, both metaphorically and for its simple gift of illumination. And although it is decidedly not light reading, Hass's 2012 five-hundred-page collection of essays, What Light Can Do, is a tribute to both the figurative and the literal sense of the word: In dense prose, Hass writes about issues as wide-ranging as spirituality, slavery, the Berkeley oak grove controversy, and, of course, poetry. Join Hass at University Press Books (2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley) on Thursday, Feb. 28, for a special reading from the book, followed by a Q&A. 6-7:30 p.m., free. UniversityPressBooks.com

— Azeen Ghorayshi

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