Robert Hass has had a long and storied career, including being U.S. Poet Laureate. I have always liked his first collection the best, though, originally published in 1973. Below is a sample from it.
Having gone to school at U.C. Berkeley, two lines near the end of the poem, “Berkeley seemed more innocent / in those flush days,” recall the fullness of my twenty-something days spent there in the early ’70s.
Adhesive: For Earlene
How often we overslept
those grey enormous mornings
in the first year of marriage
and found that rain and wind
had scattered palm nuts,
palm leaves, and sweet rotting crabapples
across our widened lawn.
By spring your belly was immense
and your coloring a high rosy almond.
We were so broke
we debated buying thumbtacks
at the Elmwood Dime Store
knowing cellophane tape would do.
Berkeley seemed more innocent
in those flush days
when we skipped lunch
to have the price of Les Enfants de Paradis.
Field Guide, Yale Series of Younger Poets (Book 68), Yale University Press,1998 (originally published 1973)