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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A History of Contraception

In the 16th century, men used linen condoms laced shut with ribbons.

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'A Music That Has No End'

In Spain, a flamenco guitarist hustles to make a modest living.

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What Fifty Shades Left Out

A straightforward guide to BDSM

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