Selected Poems

ISBN-10: 0374533164

ISBN-13: 9780374533168

Edition: 2012

Authors: Robert Pinsky
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Description: Intense verbal music with a jazz feeling; invention against the grain of expectation; intelligence racing among materials with the variety of a busy street—these have been the qualities of Robert Pinsky’s work since his first book,Sadness and Happiness(1975), celebrated for setting a new direction in American poetry. At that time, responding to a question about that book, Pinsky said: “I would like to write a poetry which could contain every kind of thing, while keeping all the excitement of poetry.” That ambition was realized in a new way with each of his books, including the book-length personal monologueAn Explanation of America; the transformed autobiography ofHistory of My Heart; the bestselling translationThe Inferno of Dante; and, most recently, the savage, inventiveGulf Music. This volume contains a selection of poems from Pinsky’s career to demonstrate that variety and renewal with fresh clarity.

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 3/27/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

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.

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