“A painless journey through the foothills of poetry . . . One of the marvelous things about this book is Pinsky's deep recognition that a poem is successful not because of the poet's ambition or sense of purpose but because of the effect it creates in the reader, and in many readers over time” —Graham Christian, Boston Phoenix
“Illuminates a crucial fragment of American history” —Anthony Day, Los Angeles Times
“A beautiful and compelling memoir . . . destined to become a classic” —Coretta Scott King
Robert Pinsky is Poet Laureate of the United States. FSG published The Inferno of Dante in 1994 and The Figured Wheel in 1996. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University and lives in Newton Corner, Massachusetts.