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Integral Program Gave Wonder of Nature to Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass '63

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass '63 attributed his appreciation for nature to studying in SMC's Integral Program during a reading at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee that was reported in an article in The Leaf-Chronicle.

Hass was quoted as saying he realized the "richness and complexity of the physical world" while peering through binoculars during a biology course at a huge bird plunging into the lake near Saint Mary's to catch a fish.

"Having in my hand a book so that I could find the name of the bird, and then teaching myself more about the names and the habits of birds I'd been seeing all my life, was a revelation to me," said Hass, who now serves as an advocate for the protection of natural resources in addition to writing and teaching.

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