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Jersey Rain Poems

ISBN-10: 0374527725
ISBN-13: 9780374527723
Edition: N/A
Authors: Robert Pinsky
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Description: Cathartic, refreshing new work by the American favorite Tiptoe on the globe. Gazing nowhere in particular, the slender Thunderer surrounded by thunder, Fire zigzag in his grasp, labeled "Spirit Of Communication"---unhistorical, Pure, the merciless  More...

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Book details

List price: $13.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 4/16/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 64
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.132

Cathartic, refreshing new work by the American favorite Tiptoe on the globe. Gazing nowhere in particular, the slender Thunderer surrounded by thunder, Fire zigzag in his grasp, labeled "Spirit Of Communication"---unhistorical, Pure, the merciless messenger. --from "A Phonebook Cover Hermes of the Nineteen-forties" Innovative, engaging poems from a leading American poet. Stone wheel that sharpens the blade that mows the grain,Wheel of the sunflower turning, wheel that turnsThe spiral press that squeezes the oil expressedFrom shale or olives. Particles that turn mudOn the potter's wheel that spins to form the vesselThat holds the oil that drips to cool the blade.--from "Biography"Jersey Rain takes up a central American subject: the emotional power of inventions, devices, and homemade imaginings -- from the alphabet and the lyre through the steel drum and piano to the record player, digital computer, and television. Formally innovative and highly readable poems like "ABC," "Ode to Meaning," "To Television," and "The Green Piano" meditate a life guided by the quick, artful tinkerer-god Hermes: deity of music and deception, escort of the dead, inventor of instruments, brilliant messenger, and trickster of heaven. Tiptoe on the globe. Gazing nowhere in particular, the slender Thunderer surrounded by thunder, Fire zigzag in his grasp, labeled "Spirit Of Communication"---unhistorical, Pure, the merciless messenger. --from "A Phonebook Cover Hermes of the Nineteen-forties" Jersey Rain -- at once complex and aboveboard -- marks a new, strong, lyrical stage of Robert Pinsky's work. Assembled here are poems -- some of the finest of his career -- that together compose a sweeping and embattled meditation on the themes of a life guided by Hermes: deity of music and deception, escort of the dead, inventor of instruments, brilliant messenger and trickster of heaven.

Robert Pinsky was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, and studied at Rutgers and Stanford Universities. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Wellesley College, and the University of California, Berkeley. For several years the poetry editor of The New Republic, he has won the Oscar Blumenthal Prize (1978) and Woodrow Wilson and Fulbright grants. His book of criticism, The Situation of Poetry: Contemporary Poetry and Its Traditions (1976), is referred to often. He has argued for, and written, a poetry of discursiveness, one that can treat abstract thought and social reality as well as subjectivity and deep emotion.

Samurai Song
Vessel
Ode to Meaning
Autumn Quartet
ABC
An Alphabet of My Dead
The Haunted Ruin
To the Phoenix
A Phonebook Cover Hermes of the Nineteen-forties
The Cycles
Porch Steps
The Superb Lily
Summer in Saratoga Springs
To Television
The Green Piano
Machines
Victrola
Song
Steel Drum Variations
The Hall
The Tragic Chorus
In Memory of Congresswoman Barbara Jordan
Biography
At the Worcester Museum
The Knight's Prayer
Jersey Rain

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