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(October 20, 1940 / New Jersey)

Poems of Robert Pinsky

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

Poem With Refrains

The opening scene. The yellow, coal-fed fog
Uncurling over the tainted city river,
A young girl rowing and her anxious father
Scavenging for corpses. Funeral meats. The clever
Abandoned orphan. The great athletic killer
Sulking in his tent. As though all stories began
With someone dying.

When her mother died,

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