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An Explanation of America

Pinsky, Robert

Published by Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 1979
ISBN 10: 0691064075 / ISBN 13: 9780691064079
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Title: An Explanation of America

Publisher: Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition


Copyright 1979 by Princeton University Press; no additional printings mentioned. Inscribed, signed, and dated by the author, who went on to become (1997-2000) Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (aka, U.S. Poet Laureate), on the title page: "For Elizabeth and Nick, the best of Neighbors, warm regards. / Yours, / Robert / The G[??] / 10/2/79." Book is bound in red cloth-covered boards with black and white printing on the spine. Book is tight and unmarked; slight spine slant; corners sharp, spine ends unbumped. The dust jacket is not priced; some soiling, and a one-inch closed tear to the top of the front panel. Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 003024

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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.

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