"As the engaged reader discovers gradually and with increasing pleasure, Robert Pinsky’s new volume of poems, richly titled At the Foundling Hospital, delicately but persistently works in two ways at once. At the same time that it is a series of different kinds of what we casually call ‘‘lyric’’ poems, it is a constellation of musings on a number of subtly related motifs. Among these motifs are foundlings, slaves, ancestors, musical instruments, shells, threads and other filaments and filiations, names – all surprisingly reticulated terms, a little, ultimately uncontainable lexical tribe – and (almost inevitably) language itself, especially in its etymological dimension."
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Poem Written for Writers Resist Counter-Inauguration
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Watch Rita Dove and Robert Pinsky reading at New York City Public Library for Writers Resist.
At the Foundling Hospital
The 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.”
“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
POEMJAZZ event with Laurence Hobgood, Stan Strickland, and Catherine Bent. Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, MA.
POEMJAZZ event with Laurence Hobgood, Capital University, Columbus, OH.