An Explanation of America

Pinsky, Robert

Published by Princeton University Press, 1979
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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 #

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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

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

"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

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Title: An Explanation of America
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: 1979
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition

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