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Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky is the author of eight collections of poetry including, most recently, his Selected Poems. His translation The Inferno of Dante won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry. His CD PoemJazz, with Grammy-winning pianist Laurence Hobgood, was released in 2012. As United States Poet Laureate, Pinsky founded the Favorite Poem Project (, in which thousands of Americans shared their favorite poems. That project gave rise to the previous anthologies, Americans’ Favorite Poems and An Invitation to Poetry, with each poem accompanied by readers’ comments. Pinsky teaches at Boston University.

Books by Robert Pinsky

  1. Book CoverAmericans' Favorite Poems: The Favorite Poem Project Anthology

    This anthology embodies Robert Pinsky's commitment to discover America's beloved poems, his special undertaking as Poet Laureate of the United States.More

  2. Book CoverClassroom Guide: for An Invitation to Poetry, Student Edition

    Provides practical guidance—teaching strategies, activities, and assignments—for 65 poems, as well as general lessons for instructors on using the DVD and, among other topics, reading poems aloud and talking about poems. The Classroom Guide draws on materials from the Favorite Poem Project Summer Institutes for educators, hosted by Boston University.More

  3. Book CoverEssential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud

    A vibrant anthology and accompanying CD that revive a great American tradition: the joy of reciting poetry aloud.More

  4. Book CoverAn Invitation to Poetry: A New Favorite Poem Project Anthology

    A multimedia collection of poems introduced by American readers, featuring a DVD including a video introduction by Robert Pinsky.More

  5. Book CoverAn Invitation to Poetry: A New Favorite Poem Project Anthology

    Student Edition

    The widely acclaimed Favorite Poem Project anthology, An Invitation to Poetry, edited by Robert Pinsky and Maggie Dietz, is now available in a value-priced student paperback edition.More

  6. Book CoverThe Mind Has Cliffs of Fall: Poetry at the Extremes of Feeling

    A bold new anthology of poems that contend with the most extreme human emotions, from onetime Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.More

  7. Book CoverPoems to Read: A New Favorite Poem Project Anthology

    A unique anthology by the editors of the bestseller Americans' Favorite Poems.More

  8. Book CoverSinging School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters

    “Magnificent . . . poems to inspire [with] brief and brilliant, offhand notes about how to read them.”—Alan Cheuse, NPRMore