Marking Time: On Time and Place in Poetry and Film
From the Vision and Voices website:
Robert Pinsky is a world-renowned poet, literary critic and translator. His translation of Dante’s Inferno is among the most praised poetical reimaginings of our time, and his own poetry, including such prize-winning volumes as An Explanation of America, The Figured Wheel and Sadness and Happiness, continues to inspire a wide range of readers. In the book-length essay Thousands of Broadways: Dreams and Nightmares of the American Small Town, he travels seamlessly from personal history to literary analysis to film. The works of Preston Sturges and Alfred Hitchcock meet up with dazzling insouciance with such writers as William Faulkner, Willa Cather and Thornton Wilder. In his work as the poet laureate of the United States and as the creator of the “Favorite Poem” project, Pinsky makes us take literature more seriously and see the way the artistic imagination creates, recreates and transforms the world around us.
Note: This guide was originally developed for a Vision and Voices event in April, 2010. The guide has been re-purposed as a general guide for learning more about Robert Pinsky.