At the Foundling Hospital : Poems Paperback
"Since the death of Robert Lowell in 1977, no single figure has dominated American poetry the way that Lowell, or before him Eliot, once did . . . But among the many writers who have come of age in our fin de siecle, none have succeeded more completely as poet, critic, and translator than Robert Pinsky." --James Longenbach, The NationWith all the generosity and mastery we have come to expect from our three-time Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky has written a bold, lyrical meditation on identity and culture as hybrid and fluid, violent as well as creative: the enigmatic, maybe universal, condition of the foundling.
At the Foundling Hospital considers the foundling soul: its need to be adopted, and its need to be adaptive.
These poems reimagine identity on the scale of one life or of human history: from "the emanation of a dead star still alive" to the "pinhole iris of your mortal eye." What is a particular person?
How unique? What is anyone born as? Born with? Born into? The poems of Robert Pinsky's At the Foundling Hospital engage personality and culture as improvised from loss: a creative effort so pervasive it can be invisible.
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
- Publication Date: 17/10/2017
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9780374537296
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