Robert Pinsky

(October 20, 1940 / New Jersey)

Robert Pinsky Poems

1. Death And The Powers: A Robot Pageant 12/24/2015
2. December Blues 11/6/2015
3. Paschal 1/2/2012
4. Ceremony For Any Beginning 12/20/2014
5. An Explanation Of America: A Love Of Death 1/2/2012
6. Poem About People 1/2/2012
7. Stupid Meditation On Peace 1/2/2012
8. The Hearts 1/2/2012
9. First Things To Hand 1/2/2012
10. The Green Piano 1/2/2012
11. Glory 1/2/2012
12. Doctor Frolic 1/2/2012
13. Samurai Song 1/2/2012
14. Essay On Psychiatrists 1/2/2012
15. The Refinery 1/20/2003
16. Ginza Samba 1/13/2003
17. Poem With Refrains 1/13/2003
18. Ode To Meaning 1/13/2003
19. The Night Game 1/13/2003
20. At Pleasure Bay 1/13/2003
21. Shirt 1/13/2003
22. Impossible To Tell 1/13/2003
23. To Television 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Robert Pinsky

To Television

Not a "window on the world"
But as we call you,
A box a tube

Terrarium of dreams and wonders.
Coffer of shades, ordained
Cotillion of phosphors
Or liquid crystal

Homey miracle, tub
Of acquiescence, vein of defiance.
Your patron in the pantheon would be Hermes

Raster dance,
Quick one, little thief, escort
Of the dying and comfort of the sick,

In a blue glow my father and little sister sat
Snuggled in one chair watching you
Their wife and mother was sick in the head
I scorned you and them as I scorned so much

Now I like you ...

Read the full of To Television

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.
Engraved figure guarding a hallowed intaglio,

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