At the Foundling Hospital: Poems
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- Paperback (BC)
- 01 Nov 2017
- Macmillan 
- 80 pages - 210 x 140 x 4mm
These poems reimagine identity on the scale of one life or of human history: from “the emanation of a dead star still alive” to the “pinhole iris of your mortal eye.” What is a particular person? How unique? What is anyone born as? Born with? Born into? The poems of Robert Pinsky’s At the Foundling Hospital engage personality and culture as improvised from loss: a creative effort so pervasive it can be invisible.
AT THE FOUNDLING HOSPITAL 9780374158118 (Hardback), GULF MUSIC 9780374167493 and SELECTED POEMS 9780374533168
With all the generosity and mastery we have come to expect from our three-time Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky has written a bold, lyrical meditation on identity and culture as hybrid and fluid, violent as well as creative: the enigmatic, maybe universal, condition of the foundling. At the Foundling Hospital considers the foundling soul: its need to be adopted, and its need to be adaptive.