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Selected Poems 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

  • Title: Selected Poems
  • Author: Robert Pinsky Robert Pinsky
  • ISBN: 9780374258603
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 boIntense 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 monologue An Explanation of America the transformed autobiography of History of My Heart the bestselling translation The Inferno of Dante and, most recently, the savage, inventive Gulf Music That variety and renewal are represented in this brilliantly chosen volume.

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    1. robert pinsky is a powerhouse, and a true poetical polymath. i almost missed my stop more than once thinking about these poems.

    2. I had never read Pinsky before. I assumed since he was a U. S. Poet Laureate that he would be somewhat of a conservative writer, but I was pleasantly surprised. Excellent craftmanship here.

    3. What a dog! Anyone who comes to Pinsky through this volume will have no idea why this poet has secured himself a (probably) lasting presence in contemporary American poetry. Obviously, Pinsky's publishers want you to buy each individual collection of poems instead of just this small volume. But this book omits some of his best known poems. What's the point? To add insult to injury, it's one of the worst book covers I've ever seen.

    4. The publication of Pinsky’s SELECTED POEMS was a major event of 2011. A glance back at previous National Poetry Month columns I've written for one venue or another enumerate his many and varied attempts on behalf of poetry not his own, thus the very appearance of this carefully honed volume shine all the brightly--and eerily so when one finds “Gulf Music” and considers the color the sky turns in advance of a hurricane.  Pinsky has written arguably the best poem about Katrina by choosin [...]

    5. Full of history, meaning and a sense of melody with loads of depth and erudition but his composition and style occasionally loses me. Pinsky has a habit of writing in a detached, single framed kind of manner instead of thinking of a piece as a whole. Which gives the impression occasionally of a load of different flickering images, which means he tells you rather than taking time to show. Some poems are overly manic and lacking genuine skill of using new frames such as "I drowned in the fire of h [...]

    6. Learned of this book on Friday, 20 May 2011, interview with the author by Jeffrey Brown. pbs/newshour/bb/entertain

    7. 3.5 stars. I'm not a big fan of poetry, and some of these reminded me why. I just wasn't able to unpack anything from them. But some of them, especially when Pinsky talks about the past, are beautifully laden with loss and struggle.

    8. I had the pleasure of hearing Robert Pinsky read while I studied at B.U To my ear, no other living poet pays as much attention to the acoustics of poetry than he does. And this book, a small, yet potent, offering of his work to date is as much a pleasure for the ears as it is for the mind.

    9. Enjoyed the scope of Pinsky's work in the "selected". Great to read, some fine moments, but I wonder if I will go back to it regularly? That is my only reservation on this beautiful collection.

    10. I like poetry. If a poem rhymes, I get really excited. These poems didn't rhyme, but they did make me emotional, which is the purpose of poetry, right?

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