Robert Pinsky

  • Jersey Rain

    Now near the end of the middle stretch of road. What have I learned? Some earthly wiles. An art. That often I cannot tell good fortune from…

  • Poetry: Robert Pinsky, Three Poems

    Hear the former U.S. Poet Laureate read "Jersey Rain," "Biography," and "Vessel," published in the April 2000 Atlantic.

  • Pudd'nheads

    “I sit with Shakespeare and he winces not.” W. E. B. DuBois begins the peroration of his majestic essay “Of the Training of Black Men”…

  • XYZ

    The cross the fork the zigzag—a few straight lines. For pain, quandary and evasion, the last of signs.

  • Jar of Pens

    Sometimes the sight of them. Huddled in their cylindrical formation. Repels me: humble, erect, Mute and expectant in their. Rinsed-out honey…

  • Poetry and American Memory

    The poet laureate reflects on what makes the American people "a people"—and what our poetry can teach us about the "fragile, heroic enterprise of remembering."

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Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. James Hamblin turns to a colleague for advice.

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Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

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Pittsburgh: 'Better Than You Thought'

How Steel City became a bikeable, walkable paradise

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A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

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Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

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