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Jersey breaks : becoming an American poet / Robert Pinsky.

Pinsky, Robert, (author.).

"An alternatingly funny and poignant memoir from "our finest living example of [the American civic poet]" (New York Times). In late-1940s Long Branch, an historic but run-down Jersey Shore resort town, in a neighborhood of Italian, Black, and Jewish families, Robert Pinsky began his unlikely journey to becoming a poet. Descended from a bootlegger grandfather, an athletic father, and a rebellious tomboy mother, Pinsky was an unruly but articulate high-school C-student whose obsession with the rhythms and melodies of speech inspired him to write. Pinsky traces the roots of his poetry, with its wide and fearless range, back to the voices of his neighborhood, to music and a distinctly American tradition of improvisation, with influences including Mark Twain and Ray Charles, Marianne Moore and Mel Brooks, Emily Dickinson and Sid Caesar, Dante Alighieri and the Orthodox Jewish liturgy. Jersey Breaks offers a candid self-portrait and, underlying Pinsky's notable public presence and unprecedented three terms as poet laureate of the United States, a unique poetic understanding of American culture"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780393882049
  • ISBN: 0393882047
  • Physical Description: xiii, 236 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2022]
Subject: Pinsky, Robert.
Poets, American > 20th century > Biography.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bethlehem Main Library B PINSKY (Text) 33062009836801 New Adult Biography Checked Out 03/13/2024

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