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’s new autobiography Jersey Breaks released October 11th from W.W. Norton & Company.

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Jersey Breaks, 2022

Jersey Breaks preview “Change Trains at Summit” now in The Yale Review

Read Pinsky’s new essay “Change Trains at Summit” in The Yale Review.






“Given my background, a dear friend recently asked me, How is it that I became a poet rather than a criminal or an optometrist?

I could quibble. My father, Milford Pinsky, was an optician, not an optometrist. (A common mistake.) And it’s true that his father, Dave Pinsky, was a criminal. But as my aunt Thelma used to say, her pop was in the liquor business, and it happened to be during Prohibition. That was the era when Dave, my Zaydee Pop, as I called him, pursued the liquor business in our hometown, Long Branch, New Jersey.”


McSweeney’s “Short Conversations with Poets: Robert Pinsky”








Read about Robert Pinsky’s approach to craft, the poetic line, practice, and improvisation.

Full article here.

“It’s not always clear why some things call for a song and others a story. The answer is probably a matter of rhythm, the rhythm of concentration or the rhythm of elaboration, both of them riding the rhythms of language. These are simplifications, of course, but I think they’re useful in relation to the poetry of Robert Pinsky, because one way into his oeuvre is to understand his work as veering back and forth—in the same book, sometimes in the same poem—between singing and storytelling.”

—Jesse Nathan, McSweeney’s

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 Times
The 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.
“For anyone who knows these human feelings—and almost everyone does—this book will become an essential companion.”—Eavan Boland


Robert Pinsky reading

Saturday, October 29th at 2:00pm

Join Robert Pinsky in a panel discussion at the Boston Book Fair.

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Thursday, November 3rd

Robert Pinsky reads from his new book Jersey Breaks at Porter Square Books, Boston Edition. 

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Saturday, November 5th

Robert Pinsky reads from his new book Jersey Breaks at Politics and Prose Bookstore, DC. 

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Thursday, November 10th

Robert Pinsky at Monmouth University, NJ.

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Saturday, November 12th

Robert Pinsky at Thunder Road Books, NJ.

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Thursday, November 17th at 7:00pm

Robert Pinsky at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Harvard Square.

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Saturday, November 19th

Robert Pinsky at the Miami Book Fair.

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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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