Robert Pinsky is a Massachusetts-based poet.
Landor's Poetry; Democracy, Culture and the Voice of Poetry; The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems, 1966-1996
1997–2000 Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress; 1996 Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems, 1966-1996); 1988 Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism (Poetry and the World)
Which one or two American books or plays would you yourself recommend to the foreign leaders? Why did you choose these particular works?
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark
Ralph Ellison, The Invisible Man
Three great versions of American provinces and dreams, isolation and community.
Who in your childhood—for example, parent or teacher—encouraged you to read books, and which one or two books do you remember most fondly?
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
The poems of Walter de la Mare
A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
Which books by writers of the other G8 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom) have been most important to you as a writer?
The Hebrew Bible
The Inferno of Dante
The poems of Arthur Rimbaud
The poems of Charles Baudelaire
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Red Cavalry by Isaac Babel