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Gulf Music: Poems

by Robert Pinsky

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Dollars, dolors. Callings and contrivances. King Zulu. Comus.
Sephardic ju-ju and verses. Voodoo mojo, Special Forces.

Henry formed a group named Professor Longhair and his
Shuffling Hungarians. After so much renunciation

And invention, is this the image of the promised end?
All music haunted by all the music of the dead forever.

Becky haunted forever by Pearl the daughter she abandoned
For love, O try my tra-la-la, ma la belle, mah walla-woe.

--from "Gulf Music"

An improvised, even desperate music, yearning toward knowledge across a gulf, informs Robert Pinsky's first book of poetry since Jersey Rain (2000).

On the large scale of war or the personal scale of family history, in the movements of people and cultures across oceans or between eras, these poems discover connections between things seemingly disparate.

Gulf Music is perhaps the most ambitious, politically impassioned, and inventive book by this major American poet.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:52:23 -0400)

"Robert Pinsky's poems have long been celebrated for their imaginative abundance, the uniqueness of their music, their originality and audacity. Gulf Music is his most daring, most politically impassioned book. In the first line, political prisoners are studying in their cells. In the last line, an oracle is lost. Between this labor of knowledge and this chasm of forgetfulness, between the political and the personal, from the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Mexico, Pinsky has created a poetic universe that encompasses the fanatical, the cultural, the tribal, the national, and the spiritual."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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