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Sunday, May 8, 2011


(Robert Pinsky, poet laureate, 1997-2000)


Any body can die, evidently. Few
Go happily, irradiating joy,

Knowledge, love. Many
Need oblivion, painkillers,
Quickest respite.

Sweet time unafflicted,
Various world:

X = your zenith.

~ Robert Pinsky, born 1940, American poet and translator


The old gentleman... said...

After not one but two moments of reflection, I've reached the verdict that somewhere Pinsky must have done better than this...

maria horvath said...

I hope I wasn't unfair in my selection. The verse is clever and a break from the more pensive poems by the laureates posted here in the last weeks.


The old gentleman... said...

Well, then...maybe.