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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“Poetry and Democracy: A Conversation with Robert Pinsky” in the New American Studies Journal

Ellen Hinsey speaks with Robert Pinsky on the state of democracy in today’s world, and on poetry’s role in that democracy. The interview is available now in the New American Studies Journal.

“In the United States, our crisis is manifested more (so far) in blather, rather than mass killing, though the binary conflict of underlying ideals may be similar. I don’t mean to equate Putin’s invocation of Russia’s mystical, quasi-religious destiny with the rhetoric of our white supremacists. And yet…the torch-bearing defenders of a Confederate monument in Charlottesville, Virginia, chanted phrases that are surprisingly European: “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.” The paranoid, romantic mysticism of the political slogans, chanted in chorus by white supremacists: for me, those bursts of language are an effective bad poetry, the opposite of the lyric poetry I associate with an individual voice..'”

—ROBERT PINSKY

Robert Pinsky’s new poem “Revisionary” featured in Poets.org Poem-a-Day series.

 

 

 

 

 

Read the poem here.

Robert Pinsky’s “Culture” in The New Yorker

Robert Pinsky’s new poem “Culture” is featured this week in The New Yorker.

The poem as well as the audio of Pinsky reading can be found here.

Robert Pinsky’s Latest Anthology now in Paperback

Poetry For Hard TimesThe paperback edition of The Mind Has Cliffs of Fall is out now and can be found here… Robert Pinsky, “our finest living example of [the American civic poet]” (New York Times), gathers poems that cope with the most extreme human emotions.
 
Despair, mania, rage, guilt, derangement, fantasy: poetry is our most intimate source for the urgent, varied experience of human emotion. Poems get under our skin; they offer solace with the balm, and the sting, of understanding. In The Book of Poetry for Hard Times, former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky curates poems that explore the expanses of human emotion across centuries, from Shakespeare to Terrance Hayes, Dante to Patricia Lockwood. Each poem reveals something new about our most profound and universal experiences; taken together they offer a sweeping ode to the power of poetry. “For anyone who knows these human feelings—and almost everyone does—this book will become an essential companion.”—Eavan Boland

A New Anthology edited by Robert Pinsky: The Mind Has Cliffs of Fall: Poems at the Extremes of Feeling

The Mind Has Cliffs of FallRobert Pinsky’s new anthology, The Mind Has Cliffs of Fall: Poems at the Extremes of Feeling  (W. W. Norton & Company) explores poetry at its extremes ~ despair, grief, love and rage, manic laughter.

Available at your local bookstore, at IndieBound, or at Amazon.

The Mind Has Cliffs of Fall is a thrilling rollercoaster ride of an anthology. Just when you think you have mastered the pitch and roll of one emotional extreme, you find yourself careening around a bend into a different extreme. And Pinsky’s individual selections are at once deft and surprising: a Renaissance Old Master like Fulke Greville sits cheek-by-jowl with poets like Keetje Kuipers and Katie Willingham, born within hailing distance of the present. The collection is a perfect introduction to poetry’s enduring power to explore the utmost bounds of our experience.”

—Stephen Greenblatt, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Tyrant

Events

Robert Pinsky readingFriday, July 1st at 5:00pm EST

Poetry reading at the New York State Summer Writers Institute in Saratoga Springs, NY.

More information here…

Wednesday, August 17th at 8:00pm EST

Join Robert Pinsky, Laurence Hobgood and Stan Strickland for a performance of PoemJazz at Castle Hill Arts Center in Truro, MA. Tickets on sale now.

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Saturday August 20th-21st

Interested in taking a class with Robert Pinsky? Tickets are available now for “The Sounds of Poetry” at the Castle Hill Arts Center in Truro, MA.

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Featured Video

Robert Pinsky discusses the nature of poetry and its origins in sound and language as a part of the 2021 Istanbul Poetry Festival (June, 2021).

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