Poet Robert Pinsky
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Celebrate National Poetry Month with three-time U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. In 2015, State of the Arts was there as Robert performed his poetry to improvised jazz in an appearance at Monmouth University’s Pollak Theatre in his hometown of Long Branch. We also take a tour around his old neighborhood—Robert says all his poetry started there at the Jersey Shore.

Robert Pinsky says he only became a poet after it became clear he wouldn’t make it as a musician. In fact, he was voted “Most Musical Boy” in high school. With his PoemJazz performances, he explores the musicality of the spoken word and improvises with his fellow players, bassist Ben Allison and guitarist Steve Cardenas. .

Plus, watch this special extra feature, a full performance of his piece "The Green Piano," which begins... “Aeolian. Gratis. Great thunderer, half-ton infant of miracles / Torn free of charge from the universe by my mother’s will.”
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