Title: Jersey Rain
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2000
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.
Fine/Fine unread copy protected by Archival Brodart Cover. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000301
Synopsis: Impassioned, Personal Poems From America's Poet Laureate.
It spends itself regardless into the ocean. It stains and scours and makes things dark or bright: Sweat of the moon, a shroud of benediction, The chilly liquefaction of day to night,
The Jersey rain, my rain, soaks all as one: It smites Metuchen, Rahway, Saddle River, Fair Haven, Newark, Little Silver, Bayonne. I feel it churning even in fair weather
To craze distinction, dry the same as wet. --from "Jersey Rain"
Jersey Rain--at once masterly and intimate--marks a fresh, lyrical stage of Robert Pinsky's work. Poems like "Samurai Song," "ABC," "Ode to Meaning," "To Television," and "The Green Piano" have already attracted a wide readership. Now, assembled in this book, they become part of a larger, fugue-like meditation on the themes of a life guided by Hermes: deity of music and deception, escort of the dead, inventor of instruments, the brilliant messenger and trickster of heaven.
About the Author: Robert Pinsky is Poet Laureate of the United States. His The Sounds of Poetry (FSG, 1998) was nominated for a National Book Award in Criticism. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University.
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