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Sadness and Happiness
Author: Robert Pinsky

ISBN: 9780691013220
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 88
Published: 16 November 1975
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.28 x 13.46 x 0.51

From Sadness and Happiness: Poems by Robert Pinsky:


Robert Pinsky

Against weather, and the random

Harpies--mood, circumstance, the laws

Of biography, chance, physics--

The unseasonable soul holds forth,

Eager for form as a renowned

Pedant, the emperor's man of worth,

Hereditary arbiter of manners.

Soul, one's life is one's enemy.

As the small children learn, what happens

Takes over, and what you were goes away.

They learn it in sardonic soft

Comments of the weather, when it sharpens

The hard surfaces of daylight: light

Winds, vague in direction, like blades

Lavishing their brilliant strokes

All over a wrecked house,

The nude wallpaper and the brute

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