Figured Wheel New and Collected Poems, 1966-1996

ISBN-10: 0374525064

ISBN-13: 9780374525064

Edition: N/A

Authors: Robert Pinsky

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The Figured Wheel fully collects the first four books of poetry, as well as twenty-one new poems, by Robert Pinsky, the former U.S. Poet Laureate. Critic Hugh Kenner, writing about Pinsky's first volume, described this poet's work as "nothing less than the recovery for language of a whole domain of mute and familiar experience." Both the transformation of the familiar and the uttering of what has been hitherto mute or implicit in our culture continue to be central to Pinsky's art. New poems like "Avenue" and "The City Elegies" envision the urban landscape's mysterious epitome of human pain and imagination, forces that recur in "Ginza Samba," an astonishing history of the saxophone, and "Impossible to Tell," a jazz-like work that intertwines elegy with both the Japanese custom of linking-poems and the American tradition of ethnic jokes. A final section of translations includes Pinsky's renderings of poems by Czeslaw Milosz, Paul Celan, and others, as well as the last canto of his award-winning version of the Inferno.
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List price: $22.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 4/7/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
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.

The City Dark
Ginza Samba
Poem with Refrains
In Berkeley
City Elegies I. The Day Dreamers
City Elegies II. "Everywhere I Go, There I Am"
City Elegies III. House Hour
City Elegies IV. Street Music
City Elegies V. Soot
City Elegies VI. The Tuning
The Ice-Storm
Desecration of the Gravestone of Rose P
Creation According to Ovid
The Heartmoss
Falling Asleep
Waking Up
If You Could Write One Great Poem, What Would You Want It to Be About?
Impossible to Tell
From the Childhood of Jesus
The Hearts
The Want Bone
Shiva and Parvati Hiding in the Rain
The Uncreation
Lament for the Makers
Visions of Daniel
Jesus and Isolt
Immortal Longings
An Old Man
What Why When How Who
Voyage to the Moon
The Night Game
The Refinery
The Ghost Hammer
At Pleasure Bay
The Figured Wheel
The Unseen
The Volume
The Cold
Three on Luck
The New Saddhus
The Changes
History of My Heart
Ralegh's Prizes
The Saving
The Questions
A Woman
The Garden
A Long Branch Song
Song of Reasons
The Street
An Explanation of America Part One: Its Many Fragments
An Explanation of America Part Two: Its Great Emptiness
An Explanation of America Part Three: Its Everlasting Possibility
Poem About People
The Time of Year, The Time of Day
Ceremony for Any Beginning
December Blues
Discretions of Alcibiades
Sadness And Happiness
To My Father
Old Woman
Library Scene
First Early Mornings Together
The Sentences
The Personal Devil
The Generation Before
The Street Of Furthest Memory
Long Branch, New Jersey
Doctor Frolic
Pleasure Pier
Essay on Psychiatrists
Translations: Homecoming (Paul Celan)
Translations: Love Crown (Paul Celan)
Translations: Body (Boris Christov)
Translations: Spirit (Boris Christov)
Translations: Song on Porcelain (Czeslaw Milosz)
Translations: Isaac Leybush Perets (Moshe Leib Halpern)
Translations: The Rhyme of Reb Nachman
Translations: From The Inferno of Dante: Canto XXXIV
Index of Titles
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