Poetry Forum 

Rhetoric That Is Not Rhetoric:

Robert Hayden's "Frederick Douglass"

Robert Pinsky introduces the poem and responds to reader comments. Join the discussion at the Poetry Forum.



"The Art of Poetry"

with Robert Pinsky

In conjunction with Boston University and edX, Robert Pinsky's free, eight-week online poetry course, "The Art of Poetry," launched on September 30. The materials are archived and still available for viewing. Check it out here!




Singing School

W.W. Norton & Co. 

"Singing School is nothing like the usual anthology of safe and sane selections. Instead, it is a gathering of poetry designed to stimulate the young and startle the old practitioner, with a surprise around every corner. Where else might you find Sterling Brown's 'Harlem Happiness' next to Queen Elizabeth I's 'When I Was Fair and Young,' and two poems away from Plath's 'Nick and the Candlestick'? . . .  A book that will instruct and charm every reader."


Sneak peek from "The Art of Poetry"


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Upcoming Appearances

October 2nd

Brigham Young University

7pm — 8pm

Evening talk at Orem Public Library. Orem, UT

October 3rd

Brigham Young University

12am — 1pm

Reading, reception, signing. JSB Auditorium, BYU. Orem, UT

October 13th

"Muldoon's Picnic" - Literature and Music

7:30pm — 9pm

With Paul Muldoon, Joyce Carol Oats and Martin Hayes. Irish Arts Center, NYC


Recent News


Favorite Poem Project: Chicago – The Favorite Poem Project, Robert Pinsky's initiative as Poet Laureate, and the Poetry Foundation, have chosen the favorite poems of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and five other Chicagoans to be featured in a video series called Favorite Poem Project: Chicago




PoemJazz with Laurence Hobgood
Photo Credit: Eric Antoniou