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First Things to Hand: Poems

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“Pinsky has . . . the magician's dazzling quickness fused with subtle intelligence, a taste for tasks and assignments to which he devises ingenious solutions.”—Louise Glück

In these new poems the humble objects of everyday life—door, photograph, newspaper, pen, book—become artifacts pointing to the very center of human difference.

Robert Pinsky’s books include The Want Bone,
Chapbook, 24 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Sarabande Books (first published 2006)
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Sep 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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A completely devastating chapbook. Pinsky's aesthetic here has evolved into a terse and uncompromising poetic language, full of emotion and strange juxtapositions. Those only familiar with his anthology pieces might find First Things to Hand a little off-putting, but his reach and investigation are largely the same, only presenting their conclusions in a new light. Great stuff, and well worth it. ...more
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I know Pinsky was a recent poet laureate but I did not find this to my taste at all. There was only one stanza in one poem that spoke to me. In other words, this is the 2nd worst—to my taste—book of poems I have read. There was another book that I gave up on about 1/3rd of the way in during this time frame but I did not record it.
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Jun 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The little chapbook that could. This slim volume taught me how to read poetry.
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these poems also appear in the later edition, Gulf Music, but this lovely little broadside is gorgeous!
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Robert Pinsky is an American poet, essayist, literary critic, and translator. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Pinsky is the author of nineteen books, most of which are collections of his own poetry. His published work also includes critically acclaimed translations, including The Inferno of Dante Alighieri and The Separate Notebooks by ...more

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