Robert Pinsky

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Three years ago this week, Robert Pinsky, was supposed to fly from LA to Boston. But he found himself, like so many others on September 11th, stranded thousands of miles from home, watching images on a TV screen in what he calls “suspended animation.” Eventually, America’s 39th Poet Laureate found a way to better understand that day by writing about it.

There’s something about a poem, he says, something about the human voice and the careful choice of words that satisfies something deep inside. But Pinsky makes the case that we can just as easily find that something in the words of other people. It is why he continues to pursue what he calls his favorite poem project.

Tune in to hear Robert Pinsky talk about his and the people’s poetry.


Robert Pinsky, 39th Poet Laureate and editor of “An Invitation to Poetry.”