"Classic Poem" Returns to Slate.com

March 26 - Translations by Langston Hughes and J.V. Cunningham

Robert Pinsky introduces the poems and responds to reader comments. Join the discussion at Slate.



"The Art of Poetry"

with Robert Pinsky

In conjunction with Boston University and edX, Robert Pinsky's free, eight-week online poetry course, "The Art of Poetry," launched fall 2014. The materials are archived and still available for viewing. Check it out here!




Singing School

W.W. Norton & Co. 

"Singing School is nothing like the usual anthology of safe and sane selections. Instead, it is a gathering of poetry designed to stimulate the young and startle the old practitioner, with a surprise around every corner. Where else might you find Sterling Brown's 'Harlem Happiness' next to Queen Elizabeth I's 'When I Was Fair and Young,' and two poems away from Plath's 'Nick and the Candlestick'? . . .  A book that will instruct and charm every reader."


"The Art of Poetry"

Online Course from edX

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Sign up and audit the archived course. Preview lectures on the Poetry Foundation website.




Upcoming Appearances

October 16th


8pm — 9pm

Narrating “Gargantua” (Francaix) and reading Verklärte Nacht (Schoenberg) with chamber music group A Far Cry. Jordan Hall, Boston MA http://goo.gl/EFp5a8

October 21st

GINZA SAMBA: Bilingual Jazz Performance of Pinsky's SELECTED POEMS

7pm — 8pm

Celebration of GINZA SAMBA, RP selected poems in Spanish, with translator Luis Alberto Ambroggio. A bilingual performance with musicians. Boston University, Kilachand Common Room, 91 Bay State Road, Boston, MA

November 13th

PoemJazz: HOUSE HOUR CD Release Party

7:30pm — 8pm

Release party for PoemJazz CD HOUSE HOUR, with Laurence Hobgood. Regattabar, Cambridge MA http://goo.gl/hBsASC


Recent News


Favorite Poem Project: Chicago – The Favorite Poem Project, Robert Pinsky's initiative as Poet Laureate, and the Poetry Foundation, have chosen the favorite poems of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and five other Chicagoans to be featured in a video series called Favorite Poem Project: Chicago




PoemJazz with Laurence Hobgood
Photo Credit: Eric Antoniou