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An Explanation of America (Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets)

Pinsky, Robert

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ISBN 10: 0691064075 / ISBN 13: 9780691064079
Published by Princeton University Press
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Title: An Explanation of America (Princeton Series ...

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Book Condition:Fair

Edition: 1st Edition

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From An Explanation of America:


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.


"[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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