A few years ago I wrote a story inspired by John Haines titled “A Walk in the Woods With John Haines”. As his words and thoughts continue to provide guidance over the years, I return to this piece and update the images and feelings to reflect the experiences that have defined me.
I first learned of John Haines while taking a class at the Loft Literary Center a few years ago. From the first poem I was hooked. I have every book of his, some first editions, and one signed that I was fortunate to find.
Mr. Haines also wrote many essays about nature, the world at large, and his view from a small rustic cabin located outside of Fairbanks, AK.
Mr. Haines was born on June 29, 1924 and passed away on March 2, 2011. I sadly never got the chance to meet him in person, but continue to read his books and write pieces about him and be inspired by the raw, simple, and powerful pieces he created.
I am particularly fond of “Owl in the Mask of the Dreamer” for poetry and “Fables and Distances” for his essays.
Below are his most easily found books on Amazon.
The Stars, the Snow, the Fire: Twenty-Five Years in the Alaska Wilderness
Graywolf Press (March 1, 2000)
Living Off the Country: Essays on Poetry and Place (Poets on Poetry)
University of Michigan Press (January 1, 1982)
The Owl in the Mask of the Dreamer: Collected Poems
Graywolf Press; 1st edition (September 1, 1993)
For the Century’s End: Poems 1990-1999 (Pacific Northwest Poetry)