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Born in March 1, 1941 / United States / English


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  • Field Guide, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT), 1973.
  • Winter Morning in Charlottesville, Sceptre Press (Knotting, Bedfordshire, England), 1977.
  • Praise, Ecco Press (Hopewell, NJ), 1979.
  • (Contributor) Phrases After Noon, Frankfort Arts Foundation, Larkspur Press, 1985.
  • The Apple Trees at Olema, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1989.
  • Human Wishes, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1989.
  • Sun Under Wood: New Poems, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1996.
  • Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 2007.

Contributor of poetry to various anthologies, including The Young American Poets, edited by Paul Carroll, Follett (New York, NY), 1968, and Five American Poets, Carcanet (Manchester, England), 1979.


  • (With Robert Pinsky) Czeslaw Milosz, The Separate Notebooks, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1983.
  • (With Milosz) Milosz, Unattainable Earth, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1986.
  • (With Louis Iribarne and Peter Scott) Milosz, Collected Poems, 1931-1987, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1988.
  • (With Milosz) Milosz, Provinces, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1993.
  • (And editor and author of introduction) The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1994.
  • (With Milosz) Milosz, Road-side Dog, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (New York, NY), 1998.
  • (With Milosz) Milosz, Treatise on Poetry, Ecco Press/Harper Colllins (New York, NY) 2001.
  • (With Milosz) Milosz, Second Space: New Poems, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 2004.
  • (Contributing Translator) The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems, City Lights (San Francisco, CA), 2004.


  • Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1984.
  • (Editor) Rock and Hawk: A Selection of Shorter Poems by Robinson Jeffers, Random House (New York, NY), 1987.
  • (Co-editor with Bill Henderson and Jorie Graham) The Pushcart Prize XII, Pushcart (Wainscott, NY), 1987.
  • (Editor with Charles Simic) Tomaz Salamun, Selected Poems (translations from the Slovene), Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1988.
  • (Editor) Tomas Transtroemer, Selected Poems of Tomas Transtroemer, 1954-1986, translated by May Swenson and others, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1989.
  • (Editor with Stephen Mitchell) Into the Garden: A Wedding Anthology, Poetry and Prose on Love and Marriage, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1993.
  • (With Milosz) Czeslaw Milosz, Facing the River: New Poems, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1995.
  • (Author of introduction) Back Roads to Far Towns: Basho’s Oku-No-Hosomichi, translated by Cid Corman and Kamaike Susumu, with notes by the translators, illustrated by Hayakawa Ikutada, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1996.
  • (Editor and author of commentary) Poet’s Choice: Poems for Everyday Life, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1998.
  • (Essayist) California: Views by Robert Adams of the Los Angeles Basin, 1978-1983, San Francisco: Mathew Marks Gallery and New York: Fraenkel Gallery, 2000.
  • (Editor, with John Hollander, Carolyn Kizer, Nathaniel Mackey, and Marjorie Perloff) American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, two volumes, Library of America, 2000.

Also served as weekly columnist for the Washington Post, featuring the work of famous and new poets.