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

Jersey Breaks Audio Book on Promotion through May 1st

Jersey Breaks, 2022 
The Jersey Breaks audio book, read by Robert Pinsky is available now at a 40% discount through May 1st. Please click here for more details or to purchase.

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.

Christian Wessels on Jersey Breaks in Ploughshares 

the book cover for Jersey Breaks: Becoming an American Poet
“If you’ve heard about Robert Pinsky in the past fifty years—about something other than his poems “Shirt” or “Samurai Song” or his translation of Dante’s Inferno, about something other than his three-term position as Poet Laureate during which he founded the Favorite Poem Project—you’ve probably heard that he’s from Long Branch, NJ.” – CW

The full essay 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.

Order copies here.

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 reading

Tuesday, April 18th at 4:30pm

Robert Pinsky to deliver keynote reading at Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI.

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Wednesday, April 26th at 6:00pm

Robert Pinsky and Murray Dewart in “Arriving at Art” live at the Boston Athenaeum. Tickets on sale now.

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Sunday, April 30th at 4:30pm

PoemJazz with Robert Pinsky and Laurence Hobgood at the Old Ship Meeting House in Hingham, MA.

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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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