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An Explanation of America (Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets)

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Publisher Comments:

From An Explanation of America:


LAIR


Robert Pinsky

Inexhaustible, delicate, as if


Without source or medium, daylight


Undoes the mind; the infinite,

Empty actual is too bright,


Scattering to where the road


Whispers, through a mile of woods ...

Later, how quiet the house is:


Dusk-like and refined,


The sweet Phoebe-note

Piercing from the trees;


The calm globe of the morning,


Things to read or to write

Ranged on a table; the brain


A dark, stubborn current that breathes


Blood, a deaf wadding,

The hands feeding it paper


And sensations of wood or metal


On its own terms. Trying to read

I persist a while, finish the recognition


By my breath of a dead giant's breath--


Stayed by the space of a rhythm,

Witnessing the blue gulf of the air.

Review:

"[An] ambitious and immensely likable long poem...a poem which — a rare thing — seems to combine intimacy and authority." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Wise and compassionate....It is one of the most readable long poems in recent memory, graspable by all." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"I can't imagine anyone who, after reading An Explanation of America, wouldn't want to return to it again and again." William H. Pritchard, Poetry

About the Author

Robert Pinsky, who served as Poet Laureate of the United States, 1997-2000, is the author of many books. He is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Boston University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691013602
Author:
Pinsky, Robert
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Pinsky, Robert
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
General
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets
Publication Date:
August 1979
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
8.50x5.46x.30 in. .27 lbs.

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