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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Shirt

The back, the yoke, the yardage. Lapped seams,
The nearly invisible stitches along the collar
Turned in a sweatshop by Koreans or Malaysians

Gossiping over tea and noodles on their break
Or talking money or politics while one fitted
This armpiece with its overseam to the band

Of cuff I button at my wrist. The presser, the cutter,

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