The American civic poet... strives not only to speak to us with vigor and sympathy in our common language, but also to reveal how crucial that language is to our struggles and hopes as citizens. Pinsky is our finest living specimen of this sadly rare breed, and the poems of “Gulf Music” are among the best examples we have of poetry’s ability to illuminate not only who we are as humans, but who we are — and can be — as a nation.”  The New York Times Book Review

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Robert Pinsky Poem of Protest

At the Foundling Hospital Now Available

At the Foundling HospitalThe poems in Robert Pinsky’s new book, At the Foundling Hospital (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016), consider personality and culture as improvised from loss: a creative effort so pervasive it is invisible.

The quest is lyrical, whether the subject is as specific as “the emanation of a dead star still alive” or as personal as the “pinhole iris of your mortal eye.”

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“Stunning… These poems, with their careful word choices and refined music, demand multiple readings and reveal more each time. The collection, like two dying friends in one piece, leave ‘A shape distinct and present in the mind.’”

—Elizabeth Lund, The Washington Post

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