Robert Pinsky

(October 20, 1940 / New Jersey)

Robert Pinsky Poems

1. Paschal 1/2/2012
2. Ceremony For Any Beginning 12/20/2014
3. Essay On Psychiatrists 1/2/2012
4. An Explanation Of America: A Love Of Death 1/2/2012
5. Stupid Meditation On Peace 1/2/2012
6. Poem About People 1/2/2012
7. Glory 1/2/2012
8. First Things To Hand 1/2/2012
9. The Hearts 1/2/2012
10. Doctor Frolic 1/2/2012
11. The Green Piano 1/2/2012
12. Samurai Song 1/2/2012
13. Ginza Samba 1/13/2003
14. Poem With Refrains 1/13/2003
15. The Refinery 1/20/2003
16. At Pleasure Bay 1/13/2003
17. Ode To Meaning 1/13/2003
18. The Night Game 1/13/2003
19. Shirt 1/13/2003
20. To Television 1/13/2003
21. Impossible To Tell 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Robert Pinsky

Impossible To Tell

to Robert Hass and in memory of Elliot Gilbert


Slow dulcimer, gavotte and bow, in autumn,
Bashõ and his friends go out to view the moon;
In summer, gasoline rainbow in the gutter,

The secret courtesy that courses like ichor
Through the old form of the rude, full-scale joke,
Impossible to tell in writing. 'Bashõ'

He named himself, 'Banana Tree': banana
After the plant some grateful students gave him,
Maybe in appreciation of his guidance

Threading a long night through the rules and channels
Of their collaborative linking-poem
Scored in ...

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Ode To Meaning

Dire one and desired one,
Savior, sentencer--

In an old allegory you would carry
A chained alphabet of tokens:

Ankh Badge Cross.
Dragon,
Engraved figure guarding a hallowed intaglio,

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