An Explanation of America

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Overview

From An Explanation of America:

LAIR

Robert Pinsky

Inexhaustible, delicate, as if

Without source or medium, daylight

Undoes the mind; the infinite,

Empty actual is too bright,

Scattering to where the road

Whispers, through a mile of woods …

Later, how quiet the house is:

Dusk-like and refined,

The sweet Phoebe-note

Piercing from the trees;

The calm globe of the morning,

Things to read or to write

Ranged on a table; the brain

A dark, stubborn current that breathes

Blood, a deaf wadding,

The hands feeding it paper

And sensations of wood or metal

On its own terms. Trying to read

I persist a while, finish the recognition

By my breath of a dead giant's breath—

Stayed by the space of a rhythm,

Witnessing the blue gulf of the air.

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Editorial Reviews

Poetry
I can't imagine anyone who, after reading An Explanation of America, wouldn't want to return to it again and again.
— William H. Pritchard
The New York Times Book Review
[An] ambitious and immensely likable long poem . . . a poem which—a rare thing—seems to combine intimacy and authority.
The Los Angeles Times
Wise and compassionate. . . . It is one of the most readable long poems in recent memory, graspable by all.
— Kenneth Funsten
The Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Funsten
Wise and compassionate. . . . It is one of the most readable long poems in recent memory, graspable by all.
Poetry - William H. Pritchard
I can't imagine anyone who, after reading An Explanation of America, wouldn't want to return to it again and again.
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"[An] ambitious and immensely likable long poem . . . a poem which—a rare thing—seems to combine intimacy and authority."—The New York Times Book Review

"Wise and compassionate. . . . It is one of the most readable long poems in recent memory, graspable by all."—Kenneth Funsten, The Los Angeles Times

"I can't imagine anyone who, after reading An Explanation of America, wouldn't want to return to it again and again."—William H. Pritchard, Poetry

Poetry
I can't imagine anyone who, after reading An Explanation of America, wouldn't want to return to it again and again.
— William H. Pritchard
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