An Explanation of America (Paperback)

By Robert Pinsky

Princeton University Press, 9780691013602, 80pp.

Publication Date: August 21, 1979

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From An Explanation of America
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Robert Pinsky
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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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