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Robert Pinsky

Autor(a) de The Sounds of Poetry: A Brief Guide

36+ Works 2,947 Membros 27 Críticas 5 Favorited

About the Author

Robert Pinsky was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, and studied at Rutgers and Stanford Universities. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Wellesley College, and the University of California, Berkeley. For several years the poetry editor of The New Republic, he has won the Oscar Blumenthal mostrar mais Prize (1978) and Woodrow Wilson and Fulbright grants. His book of criticism, The Situation of Poetry: Contemporary Poetry and Its Traditions (1976), is referred to often. He has argued for, and written, a poetry of discursiveness, one that can treat abstract thought and social reality as well as subjectivity and deep emotion. (Bowker Author Biography) Robert Pinsky, United States Poet Laureate 1997-2000, has received the William Carlos Williams Prize, the Lenore Marshall Prize, & the "Los Angeles Times" Book Award. He is poetry editor at "Slate" & teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras por Robert Pinsky

Americans' Favorite Poems (1999) 333 exemplares
The Life of David (2005) 238 exemplares
Jersey Rain: Poems (2000) 138 exemplares
Gulf Music: Poems (1762) 93 exemplares
History of My Heart: Poems (1707) 73 exemplares
An Explanation of America (1979) 68 exemplares
Sadness and Happiness (1975) 66 exemplares

Associated Works

The Inferno (1314) — Tradutor, algumas edições23,890 exemplares
The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Contribuidor — 1,263 exemplares
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (1990) — Contribuidor — 752 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2001 (2001) — Contribuidor — 223 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2000 (2000) — Contribuidor — 213 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2004 (2004) — Contribuidor — 202 exemplares
The Art of Losing (2010) — Contribuidor — 199 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2003 (2003) — Contribuidor — 174 exemplares
William Carlos Williams: Selected Poems (2004) — Editor — 170 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2007 (2007) — Contribuidor — 166 exemplares
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Contribuidor — 162 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1998 (1998) — Contribuidor — 161 exemplares
This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work (2004) — Contribuidor — 160 exemplares
English Renaissance Poetry: A Collection of Shorter Poems from Skelton to Jonson (1963) — Introdução, algumas edições157 exemplares
After Ovid: New Metamorphoses (1994) — Contribuidor — 153 exemplares
Poetry Speaks Expanded: Hear Poets Read Their Own Work from Tennyson to Plath (2007) — Advisory Editor; Contribuidor — 151 exemplares
The Big New Yorker Book of Cats (2013) — Contribuidor — 132 exemplares
Emergency Kit (1996) — Contribuidor, algumas edições108 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1992 (1992) — Contribuidor — 102 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2017 (2017) — Contribuidor — 95 exemplares
The State of the Language [1990] (1979) — Contribuidor — 88 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2011 (2011) — Contribuidor — 86 exemplares
The Best American Spiritual Writing 2008 (2008) — Contribuidor — 84 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2012 (2012) — Contribuidor — 83 exemplares
Tuning the Rig: A Journey to the Arctic (1990) — Posfácio, algumas edições72 exemplares
New Jersey Noir (2011) — Contribuidor — 59 exemplares
The Jewish Writer (1998) — Contribuidor — 52 exemplares
Antaeus No. 75/76, Autumn 1994 - The Final Issue (1994) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Poetry Magazine Vol. 207 No. 5, February 2016 (2016) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
American Review 20 (1974) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Evermore: The Persistence of Poe (2014) — Prefácio — 7 exemplares
Poetry Magazine Vol. 136 No. 4, July 1980 (1980) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum



As a teacher, and a lover of poetry, this book is invaluable.
Chrissylou62 | 1 outra crítica | Apr 11, 2024 |
I was disappointed in Pinsky's prose writing and storytelling. I am not moved by his poetry, but was pleased with his Favorite Poem Project when he was poet laureate. His road to becoming a poet by his fascination with word sounds (moreso than meanings) is not something I can identify with. I am pleased he gives his family as much credit as he does, but he does not seem to understand their reasons for their attempted assimilation. I enjoyed learning about other known members of different time periods, but many of the details were uninteresting.… (mais)
suesbooks | 1 outra crítica | Jan 22, 2023 |
Growing up in a historic, perpetually declining American resort town, with families of year-round Hispanic and South Asian newcomers beginning to arrive, I could see that nearly everybody feels like an outsider, one way or another.
from Jersey Breaks by Robert Pinsky

In 1998 my husband gifted me The Figured Wheel by Robert Pinsky, Poet Laureate of the United States. But the real impetus for reading Pinsky’s memoir was 1) I am always interested in writers and their stories, and 2) a friend grew up in Long Branch, NJ, and her family married into Pinsky’s family and as a girl she called him ‘cousin’. I could learn about her hometown and about the poet at the same time!

I loved reading about Pinsky’s discovery of literature and poetry, the magic of words. The books that captivated him as a child, the poets in his personal canon. And, I enjoyed his stories about his colorful family, growing up Jewish Orthodox with a grandfather who worked for a famous crime kingpin.

How could the book I loved trick me that way? With so few words? Then, I felt wonder. How was something so real created in such a small space? How had the writer built so much inside my mind? A kind of question I keep trying to answer.
from Jersey Breaks by Robert Pinsky

I understood Pinksy’s marveling on the magic of stories. As a girl, I realized that a book affected my emotions and spurred my imagination. Writers were powerful. I have spent my life trying to understanding how they do it.

“Language-drunk,” he describes himself, drawn from the saxophone to Yeats Sailing to Byzantium, a conversion to poetry; he explains, “But what I try to do in my poems is almost exactly what I wanted to do with the horn.”

The book is far ranging, incorporating Pinksy’s family, teachers, other poets, insight into his own poetry. He explains what drives his poetry, the music of language, the rhythm and drive of words.

One of my favorite chapters addresses the vagaries of fame, how for some, fame is short term and fades while those ignored later rise to acclaim. We are driven to work for excellence, but fame does not always result.

His work with deaf and blind poets was so interesting. The hand sign for poetry is “a fountain-like burst of five fingers opening out from the heart,” he shares.

…Poetry does not merely put particular feeling and ideas into language, it creates an experience that reminds us of something beyond any particular feelings and ideas.
from Jersey Breaks by Robert Pinsky

Granted, I would have gained more from some parts of the book had I read all of his contemporary poets that he discusses. But I found it an interesting read. And, I have taken that gifted book off the shelf to revisit his poems.

I received a free egalley from the publisher through Net Galley. My review is fair and unbiased.
… (mais)
nancyadair | 1 outra crítica | Aug 14, 2022 |
I really don't want to rate this book, because this is a collection of poems, and really out of my comfort zone, and if I were to rate it I would give it a low rating, and I don't think it is fair to the author or his works :P I'm not a poetry person, I didn't understand most of the poems I read in this book :P :P :P I think out of the 30 poems in this poetry collection I only (believe I partially) comprehended about five or six. But here's my favorite one (I think it's about mankind and mankind's capabilities. I'm not sure :P ) :


It was a little newborn god
That made the first instrument:
Sweet vibration of
Mind, mind, mind
Enclosed in its orbit.

He scooped out a turtle’s shell
And strung it with a rabbit’s guts.
O what a stroke, to invent
Music from an empty case
Strung with bloody filaments—

The wiry rabbitflesh
Plucked or strummed,
Pulled taut across the gutted
Resonant hull of the turtle:
Music from a hollow shell
And the insides of a rabbit.
Sweet conception, sweet
Instrument of mind,

Mind, mind: Mind
Itself a capable vibration
Thrumming from here to there
In the cloven brainflesh
Contained in its helmet of bone—
Like an electronic boxful
Of channels and filaments
Bundled inside its case,
A little musical robot

Dreamed up by the mind
Embedded in the brain
With its blood-warm channels
And its humming network
Of neurons, engendering

The newborn baby god—
As clever and violent
As his own instrument
Of sweet, all-consuming
Imagination, held
By its own vibration:

Mind, mind, mind pulled
Taut in its bony shell,
Dreaming up Heaven and Hell
… (mais)
CathyChou | Mar 11, 2022 |



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