Robert Pinsky is an American treasure -- a three-time Poet Laureate of the United States. In this marvelous podcast, Robert reads poems, describes his path to poetry and academia from his roots -- Long Branch, New Jersey and talks about his new book, Jersey Breaks: Becoming an American Poet.
Robert and I have been colleagues at Boston University for years. I always wanted to meet him, but was too intimidated as I have no background in his field. Finally, we met and became very good friends. It could be our joint NJ background or the fact that we both had 1951 Dodge Coronet Convertibles -- a magnificent, if rather scary car.
I copy below part of the Wiki entry on Robert. Do read the whole posting. It's amazing. And do listen to this podcast. Robert reading Frost and Robert reading Robert -- It's sublime!
Robert Pinsky (born October 20, 1940) is an American poet, essayist, literary critic, and translator. His first two terms as United States Poet Laureate were marked by such visible dynamism—and such national enthusiasm in response—that the Library of Congress appointed him to an unprecedented third term. Throughout his career, Pinsky has been dedicated to identifying and invigorating poetry’s place in the world. Known worldwide, Pinsky’s work has earned him the PEN/Voelcker Award, the William Carlos Williams Prize, the Lenore Marshall Prize, Italy’s Premio Capri, the Korean Manhae Award, and the Harold Washington Award from the City of Chicago, among other accolades. Pinsky is a professor of English and creative writing in the graduate writing program at Boston University. In 2015 the university named him a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor, the highest honor bestowed on senior faculty members who are actively involved in teaching, research, scholarship, and university civic life.
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