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Pinsky, Robert

Works: 276 works in 623 publications in 5 languages and 29,767 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Reviews  Records and correspondence  Interviews  Periodicals  Musical settings  Television programs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Narrator, Librettist, Other, Interviewee, win, Signer, Performer, Lyricist, Speaker
Classifications: PS3566.I54, 808.81
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Robert Pinsky
Americans' favorite poems : the Favorite Poem Project anthology( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 2,153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of 200 poems by such authors as Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and John Keats, with comments by those Americans who chose them as their favorites
The figured wheel : new and collected poems, 1966-1996 by Robert Pinsky( Book )

22 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and held by 1,433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Pinsky's The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems, 1966-1996 gathers together all his poetry to date, including twenty-one new poems. The critic Hugh Kenner, writing about Pinsky's first volume, described this poet's project as "nothing less than the recovery for language of a whole domain of mute and familiar experience." Transformation of the familiar and uttering of what had been mute or implicit within culture continue to be central to Pinsky's art. New poems like "Avenue" and "The City Elegies" envision the city's mysterious epitome of human pain and imagination, forces that recur in "Ginza Samba," an astonishing history of the saxophone, and "Impossible to Tell," a jazz-like work that intertwines elegy with the Japanese custom of linking-poems and the American tradition of ethnic jokes. A final section of translations includes renderings of poems by Czeslaw Milosz, Paul Celan, and others, as well as the last canto of Pinsky's award-winning version of the Inferno
The sounds of poetry : a brief guide by Robert Pinsky( Book )

17 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 1,420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A guide to the enjoyment of poetry. It is composed of chapters dealing with sonic elements, accent and duration, syntax and line, like and unlike sounds, blank verse and free verse. The author illustrates these with examples from fifty poets
The Inferno of Dante : a new verse translation by Dante Alighieri( Book )

21 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 1,281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first part of Dante's classic poem of faith follows the author with his guide Virgil through the circles of hell, describing the sinners and punishments witnessed there
The situation of poetry : contemporary poetry and its traditions by Robert Pinsky( Book )

19 editions published between 1976 and 1978 in 3 languages and held by 1,251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems to read : a new favorite poem project anthology( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology for new readers and poetry fans discusses the pleasures of reading poems and includes some two hundred works by top contributors, providing accompanying commentary by readers of various ages, regions, and backgrounds. Poems To Read Is a welcoming avenue into poetry for readers new to poetry, including high school and college students. It is also meant to be a fresh, valuable collection for readers already devoted to the art. This anthology concentrates on the actual pleasures of reading poems: hearing the poem in your voice, bringing it to other people, musing about it, taking excitement or comfort from it, wandering with it or, as in the Keats letter quoted in the Introduction, having it as a starting post. Many of these 200 poems are accompanied by comments from readers of various ages, regions, and backgrounds who participated in the Favorite Poem Project. Included are poems by John Donne, Walt Whitman, William Butler Yeats, Langston Hughes, Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks, Seamus Heaney, Allen Ginsberg, and Louise Gluck, to name a few. The editors offer their own comments on some of the poems, which are arranged in thematic chapters
The life of David by Robert Pinsky( Book )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,070 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poet, warrior, and king, David has loomed large in myth and legend through the centuries, and he continues to haunt our collective imagination, his flaws and inconsistencies making him the most approachable of biblical heroes. Robert Pinsky, former poet laureate of the United States, plumbs the depths of David's life: his triumphs and his failures, his charm and his cruelty, his divine destiny and his human humiliations. Drawing on the biblical chronicle of David's life as well as on the later commentaries and the Psalms--traditionally considered to be David's own words--Pinsky teases apart the many strands of David's story and reweaves them into a single narrative
Essential pleasures : a new anthology of poems to read aloud by Robert Pinsky( Recording )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 977 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A vibrant anthology and accompanying CD that revive a great American tradition: the joy of reciting poetry aloud
Gulf music by Robert Pinsky( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 967 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An improvised, even desperate music, yearning toward knowledge across a gulf, informs Robert Pinsky's first book of poetry since Jersey Rain (2000). On the large scale of war or the personal scale of family history, in the movements of people and cultures across oceans or between eras, these poems discover connections between things seemingly disparate. Gulf Music is perhaps the most ambitious, politically impassioned, and inventive book by this major American poet
Jersey rain by Robert Pinsky( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 954 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Now assembled in this book, the Poet Laureate's poems become part of a larger, fugue-like meditation on the themes of life guided by Hermes: deity of music and deception, escort of the dead, inventor of instruments, the brilliant messenger and trickster of heaven
An invitation to poetry : a new Favorite Poem Project anthology( Book )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of classical and contemporary poems are introduced by everyday people from across the United States, including pieces by such masters as Shakespeare, Keats, and Dickinson and featuring an accompanying video introduction by one of the editors
The Inferno of Dante by Dante Alighieri( Recording )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and held by 884 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a new verse translation of the Dante's Inferno
Singing school : learning to write (and read) poetry by studying with the masters by Robert Pinsky( Book )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 860 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quick, joyful, and playfully astringent, with surprising comparisons and examples, this collection takes an unconventional approach to the art of poetry. Instead of rules, theories, or recipes, Singing School emphasizes ways to learn from great work: studying magnificent, monumentally enduring poems and how they are made. This anthology respects poetry's mysteries in two senses of the word: techniques of craft and strokes of the inexplicable. Pinsky's headnotes for each of the 80 poems and his brief introductions to each section take a writer's view of specific works, finding intense verbal music, wild imagination in matter-of-fact language, surrealist aplomb, and subtlety in meter.--From publisher description
The best of the best American poetry by David Lehman( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Each year a new volume in the Best American Poetry series, founded by poet Lehman, appears, each edited by a distinguished American poet. To celebrate the series' twenty-fifth anniversary, Lehman asked former poet laureate Pinsky to select 100 best of the best. Selections are arranged alphabetically by poet, ranging from Allen Ginsberg to Kevin Young, Megan O'Rourke to Adrienne Rich. Given the depth of Lehman and Pinsky's opening essays and the concise poet biographies and the poets' original statements about the writing of the poems, this is an anthology of broad scope, serious pleasure, and invaluable illumination
An explanation of America by Robert Pinsky( Book )

17 editions published between 1970 and 1979 in English and held by 748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Pinsky (born October 20, 1940) is an American poet, essayist, literary critic, and translator. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Pinsky is the author of nineteen books, most of which are collections of his own poetry. His published work also includes critically acclaimed translations, including The Inferno of Dante Alighieri and The Separate Notebooks by Czesław Miłosz. He teaches at Boston University
Democracy, culture, and the voice of poetry by Robert Pinsky( Book )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The place of poetry in modern democracy is no place, according to conventional wisdom. The poet is a casualty of mass entertainment and prosaic public culture, banished to the artistic sidelines to compose variations on insipid themes for a dwindling audience. Robert Pinsky argues that this gloomy diagnosis is wrongheaded and writes that to portray poetry and democracy as enemies is to radically misconstrue both. The voice of poetry, he shows, resonates with profound themes at the very heart of democratic culture. One of the country's most accomplished poets, Robert Pinsky served two terms as America's Poet Laureate (1997-2000) and led the immensely popular multimedia Favorite Poem Project, which invited Americans to submit and read aloud their favorite poems. Pinsky draws on his experiences and on characteristically sharp and elegant observations of individual poems to argue that expecting poetry to compete with show business is to mistake its greatest democratic strength--its intimate, human scale--as a weakness. He states that as part of the entertainment industry poetry will always be small and overlooked. As an art--and one that is inescapably democratic--it is massive and fundamental
History of my heart by Robert Pinsky( Book )

12 editions published between 1984 and 2000 in English and held by 737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Awarded the William Carlos Williams Prize. First published in 1984, Pinsky's History includes parents and boyhood neighbors, Fats Waller warming the Christmas crowd at Macy's, Holocaust victims and inspired derelicts. Pinsky has a rare gift for action, character, and atmosphere clearly and buoyantly proportioned. --Roland Flint, The New York Times Book Review "The Figured Wheel" is a mad, brilliant vortex that draws into itself gods, men, art, rags and bones, atoms and dust. Simply reading the poem is breathtaking; it starts its uninterruptible progression, gradually gaining speed and power, and ends in a violent giant step over self and art. It is in every sense a stunning and dangerous poem. --Joan Todden Keefe, San Francisco Chronicle
Selected poems by William Carlos Williams( Book )

8 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents approximately 140 poems by twentieth-century American poet William Carlos Williams and includes an introduction by poet Robert Pinsky and an index of titles and first lines
Poetry and the world by Robert Pinsky( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in English and held by 629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thousands of Broadways : dreams and nightmares of the American small town by Robert Pinsky( Book )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The citizens of quintessential small towns know one another extensively and even intimately, but fail to recognize the geniuses and criminal minds in their midst. Bringing the works of such figures as Mark Twain, William Faulkner, Alfred Hitchcock, Thornton Wilder, Willa Cather, and Preston Sturges to bear on this paradox, as well as reflections on his own time growing up in a small town, Pinsky explores how such imperfect knowledge shields communities from the anonymity and alienation of modern life. Along the way, he also considers how small towns can be small minded-in some cases viciously judgmental and oppressively provincial. Ultimately, Pinsky examines the uneasy regard that creative talents like him often have toward the small towns that either nurtured or thwarted their artistic impulses. Of living in a small town, Sherwood Anderson once wrote that "the sensation is one never to be forgotten. On all sides are ghosts, not of the dead, but of living people." Passionate, lyrical, and intensely moving, Thousands of Broadways is a rich exploration of this crucial theme in American literature by one of its most distinguished figures
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Americans' favorite poems : the Favorite Poem Project anthology
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Pinsky R.

Pinsky R. 1940-

Pinsky, Robert 1940-

Robert Pinsky Amerikaans auteur

Robert Pinsky amerikansk poet

Robert Pinsky poeta, saggista e traduttore statunitense

Robert Pinsky US-amerikanischer Dichter und Literaturkritiker

Robertus Pinsky

Пински Р. Н

Пински Р. Н. 1940-

Пински, Роберт

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The figured wheel : new and collected poems, 1966-1996The sounds of poetry : a brief guideThe Inferno of Dante : a new verse translationThe situation of poetry : contemporary poetry and its traditionsPoems to read : a new favorite poem project anthologyThe life of DavidEssential pleasures : a new anthology of poems to read aloudGulf music