Robert Pinsky

(October 20, 1940 / New Jersey)

Robert Pinsky Poems

1. December Blues 11/6/2015
2. Death And The Powers: A Robot Pageant 12/24/2015
3. Paschal 1/2/2012
4. Ceremony For Any Beginning 12/20/2014
5. Stupid Meditation On Peace 1/2/2012
6. Poem About People 1/2/2012
7. The Hearts 1/2/2012
8. First Things To Hand 1/2/2012
9. The Green Piano 1/2/2012
10. An Explanation Of America: A Love Of Death 1/2/2012
11. Doctor Frolic 1/2/2012
12. Glory 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. To Television 1/13/2003
23. 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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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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