Treasure Island

Robert Pinsky

(October 20, 1940 / New Jersey)

Quotations

  • ''Even in the scorched and frozen world of the dead after the
    holocaust
    The wheel as it turns goes on accreting ornaments.''
    Robert Pinsky (b. 1940), U.S. poet. The Figured Wheel (l. 34-35). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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  • ''The figured wheel rolls through shopping malls and prisons,
    Over farms, small and immense, and the rotten little downtowns.''
    Robert Pinsky (b. 1940), U.S. poet. The Figured Wheel (l. 1-2). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''Of the wheel as it rolls unrelentingly over
    A cow plodding through car-traffic on a street in Iasi,
    And over the haunts of Robert Pinsky's mother and father
    And wife and children and his sweet self''
    Robert Pinsky (b. 1940), U.S. poet. The Figured Wheel (l. 44-47). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.

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Poem With Refrains

The opening scene. The yellow, coal-fed fog
Uncurling over the tainted city river,
A young girl rowing and her anxious father
Scavenging for corpses. Funeral meats. The clever
Abandoned orphan. The great athletic killer
Sulking in his tent. As though all stories began
With someone dying.

When her mother died,

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