On this episode of Tiferet Talk we have a conversation with fabulous poet, acclaimed literary critic, professor, editor, best-selling translator, and former United States Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky.
We will discuss Pinsky’s newly released anthology, Singing School a joyous collection that “proposes that attention to great poetry is the best path to fresher, more pleasurable writing and reading.” According to scholar and poet Alicia Ostriker, “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.”
Pinsky has received numerous awards for his poetry and translations, including the Lenore Marshall Award, the Ambassador Book Award of the English Speaking Union, the PEN/Voelcker Award, the William Carlos Williams Prize, and the Theodore M. Roethke Memorial Poetry Award.
He currently teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University and serves as the poetry editor for Slate.
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