Passing of Poet and Critic John Haines

The RJA notes with sorrow the passing of the gifted poet and critic John Haines.  Haines was the keynote speaker at the 6th RJA conference, which took place in Carmel in 2000, where he delivered a talk titled “Welcome to Apocalypse: the Poet as Prophet.”  Haines was a great admirer of Jeffers and leaves behind a lasting legacy not only of poetry and prose, but of a life lived with tremendous integrity and fierce independence. A number of Haines’s poems and a brief biography are available on the Poetry Foundation website and the Faibanks (AK) Daily News-Miner carries an obituary.