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

Latest News

Proverbs of Limbo out June 11 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Robert Pinsky’s newest collection of poetry Proverbs of Limbo comes out June 11, 2024 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. “Robert Pinsky, one of our most ambitious, inventive, and finely tuned poets, takes an original approach to the fraught, central matter of borders in Proverbs of Limbo, his first new book of poetry in eight years.” FSG

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Producer Susan Wallner met Robert Pinsky in his hometown of Long Branch, New Jersey. The three-time US Poet Laureate took us on a tour of his old neighborhood, the house he grew up in, and Long Branch High School, where he had the same homeroom teacher his father had had decades earlier! Robert was in Long Branch to perform his poetry with jazz musicians that evening and our cameras were there.

New Poem “Soul Making” in the New Yorker 

Soul Making

 

Galactic broth visible light-years away
Brews the first suns. Familial, I feel
I know these lights. I see their pre-biotic
Geometries of purpose the way I impose

Human, nearly literary intentions
Onto the microscopic animals, flexing
Bizarre mandibles, that patrol my eyelids
And guts. Brothers and sisters electronically …

The full poem can be found here.

Ron Slate reviews Jersey Breaks in On The Seawall

 

 

 

 

 

Full article here.

“Jersey Breaks is largely about insisting on having things your own way and getting away with it. Such was the example set by grandfather Dave Pinsky, Prohibition bootlegger, then bar proprietor. Young Robert was a mediocre student, or rather, he was an avid reader who spurned the orthodoxies of schooling.”

—Ron Slate, On The Seawall

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.”

—ROBERT PINSKY

Events

Tuesday, June 11thRobert Pinsky reading

Proverbs of Limbo Book Launch

Cambridge, MA.

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Friday, June 21stRobert Pinsky reading

Robert Pinsky at Bookstock

Woodstock, VT.

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Friday, July 5

PoemJazz at Caffé Lena

Saratoga Springs, NY

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Monday, October 7

Blacksmith House Poetry Series

Cambridge, MA

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