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PoemJazz with Robert Pinsky & Friends
Robert Pinsky, three-time U.S. poet laureate and author of several
acclaimed books of poetry, prose, and translation will bring his verse to life
on the Pollak Theatre stage in a reading with musical accompaniment. Elegant and tough,
vividly imaginative, Pinsky’s poems have earned praise for their wild musical
energy and ambitious range.
The Long Branch native
whose first ambition was to be a jazz musician, told
The Paris Review “in jazz, as in poetry, there is always
that play between what’s regular and what’s wild. That has always appealed to
me.” During these performances Pinsky explains, “The musicians have read the poems
beforehand, and we discuss appropriate music a bit, but what we do is at the
heart of it improvised.”
Pinsky will be accompanied by a trio of jazz musicians.