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Robert Pinsky

(October 20, 1940 / New Jersey)

Robert Pinsky
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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 a collection of poems by Czesław Miłosz and Dante Alighieri. He teaches at Boston University and is the poetry editor at Slate.

Robert Pinsky was born on October 20, 1940, in Long Branch, New Jersey, where he attended Long Branch High School. He received a B.A. from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and earned both an M.A. and Ph.D. in ... more »

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  • ''Even in the scorched and frozen world of the dead after the
    holocaust
    The wheel as it turns goes on accreting ornaments.''
    Robert Pinsky (b. 1940), U.S. poet. The Figured Wheel (l. 34-35). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, ...
  • ''The figured wheel rolls through shopping malls and prisons,
    Over farms, small and immense, and the rotten little downtowns.''
    Robert Pinsky (b. 1940), U.S. poet. The Figured Wheel (l. 1-2). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, ed...
  • Of the wheel as it rolls unrelentingly over
    A cow plodding through car-traffic on a street in Iasi,
    And over the haunts of Robert Pinsky's mother and father
    And wife and children ...
    Robert Pinsky (b. 1940), U.S. poet. The Figured Wheel (l. 44-47). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, ...
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  • Charles Boyer (1/1/2010 7:56:00 AM)

    Read this several times and it grows fuller and more complete each time. It packs a lot in here, about desire and tragedy and time.

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