Who is Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky (born October 20, 1940) is an American poet, essayist, literary critic, and translator. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Pinsky is the author of nineteen books, most of which are collections of his poetry. His published work also includes critically acclaimed translations, Dante Alighieri's Inferno and The Separate Notebooks by Czesław Miłosz. He teaches at Boston University.


Early life and education

Pinsky was born in Long Branch, New Jersey to Jewish parents, Sylvia (née Eisenberg) and Milford Simon Pinsky, an optician. He attended Long Branch High School. He received a B.A. from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and earned both an M.A. and PhD ...
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Robert Pinsky Poems

  • Poem About People
    The jaunty crop-haired graying
    Women in grocery stores,
    Their clothes boyish and neat,
    New mittens or clean sneakers, ...
  • Shirt
    The back, the yoke, the yardage. Lapped seams,
    The nearly invisible stitches along the collar
    Turned in a sweatshop by Koreans or Malaysians
  • Glory
    Pindar, poet of the victories, fitted names
    And legends into verses for the chorus to sing:
    Names recalled now only in the poems of Pindar:
  • At Pleasure Bay
    In the willows along the river at Pleasure Bay
    A catbird singing, never the same phrase twice.
    Here under the pines a little off the road
    In 1927 the Chief of Police ...
  • The Green Piano
    Aeolian. Gratis. Great thunderer, half-ton infant of miracles
    Torn free of charge from the universe by my mother's will.
    You must have amazed that half-respectable street
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A ribbon at a time.
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The news like squirrels ran.

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The bobolinks begun.
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