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History of My Heart: Poems

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History of My Heart, winner of the William Carlos Williams Prize, first appeared in 1984. In The New Republic, J.D. McClatchy called it "one of the best books of the past decade." It is Pinsky's third volume of poems--and an ideal introduction to the work of a vital and original contemporary American poet.

Winner of the William Carlos Williams Prize

History of My Heart first appeared in 1984. In The New Republic, J.D. McClatchy called it "one of the best books of the past decade." It is Pinsky's third volume of poemsand an ideal introduction to the work of a vital and original contemporary American poet.

"History of My Heart includes . . . parents and boyhood neighbors, Fats Waller warming the Christmas crowd at Macy's, holocaust victims and the inspired derelicts beautifully summoned up in the poem 'The New Saddhus' . . . Mr. Pinsky has a rare gift for portraits of this kind, for action, character, and atmosphere clearly and buoyantly proportioned."Roland Flint, The New York Times Book Review

"The core of Pinsky's third book of poems is the long title piece . . . [He] has written long poems from the beginning and established himself as a poet in the discursive mode with serious moral purposes . . . Pinsky mixes warm and often funny autobiographical anecdotes with long comfortable passages of commentary . . . What's especially interesting is the way Pinsky refrains from embedding his figures and fables in obligatory explanation. His voice is still engagingly talky, still confiding, anecdotal, funny, sober, and reflective . . . but it seems to pause more often, to see more deeply into the strangeness of things, and to be less concerned about continuity, connection, and closure."Elizabeth Frank, The Nation

Synopsis:

Robert Pinsky's third volume of poems, History of My Heart (first published in 1984), is an ideal introduction to the work of this vital and original American poet. Several of the poems in the book are among Pinsky's most powerful.

In the title poem, a skein of childhood recollections unwinds to reveal the way the heart grows into desire, "yearning further into giving itself into the air". "The Figured Wheel", the poem that opens the book, offers a striking image for the workings of Pinsky's poetry and for those of art in general. Elizabeth Frank remarked in The Nation that the "bizarre juggernaut of the title rolls unstoppably over the world, gathering all times, places, persons, mythologies, religions and literatures into its gorgeous hangings and inscriptions, which add up to nothing less than the human race's whole inheritance of metaphor".

Synopsis:

History of My Heart, winner of the William Carlos Williams Prize, first appeared in 1984. In The New Republic, J.D. McClatchy called it "one of the best books of the past decade." It is Pinsky's third volume of poems--and an ideal introduction to the work of a vital and original contemporary American poet.

About the Author

A former Poet Laureate of the United States, Robert Pinsky was born and raised in Long Branch, New Jersey. In addition to his books of poetry and The Inferno of Dante, he has written prose works, including The Life of David and The Sounds of Poetry.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374525309
Author:
Pinsky, Robert
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Author:
Pinsky, Robert
Location:
New York :
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author *
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
[29]
Publication Date:
19970931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
64
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.148 in

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Product details 64 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374525309 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Robert Pinsky's third volume of poems, History of My Heart (first published in 1984), is an ideal introduction to the work of this vital and original American poet. Several of the poems in the book are among Pinsky's most powerful.

In the title poem, a skein of childhood recollections unwinds to reveal the way the heart grows into desire, "yearning further into giving itself into the air". "The Figured Wheel", the poem that opens the book, offers a striking image for the workings of Pinsky's poetry and for those of art in general. Elizabeth Frank remarked in The Nation that the "bizarre juggernaut of the title rolls unstoppably over the world, gathering all times, places, persons, mythologies, religions and literatures into its gorgeous hangings and inscriptions, which add up to nothing less than the human race's whole inheritance of metaphor".

"Synopsis" by ,
History of My Heart, winner of the William Carlos Williams Prize, first appeared in 1984. In The New Republic, J.D. McClatchy called it "one of the best books of the past decade." It is Pinsky's third volume of poems--and an ideal introduction to the work of a vital and original contemporary American poet.

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