"The Art of Poetry"

with Robert Pinsky

In conjunction with Boston University and edX, Robert Pinsky is teaching a free, eight-week online poetry course which launches on September 30th. "The Art of Poetry" is based on the conviction that the more you know about an art, the more pleasure you will find in it. Sign up here!



 Poetry Forum 

The Projection of Meaning:

Tom Sleigh

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




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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See more on the Poetry Foundation website.




Upcoming Appearances

September 16th


7pm — 8pm

Reading and signing at Harvard Coop Bookstore. SINGING SCHOOL - Learning to Write (and Read) by Studying with the Masters. Cambridge, MA

September 18th

Seattle's Favorite Poems

7pm — 8:45pm

A Favorite Poem reading at Town Hall. Seattle, WA

September 24th

Boston University, Faculty Author Event

7pm — 8pm

Reading and signing for SINGING SCHOOL - Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters. With Dan Chiasson, Ha Jin, and Karl Kirchwey. BU Barnes and Noble. Boston, MA


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