First Things to Hand, Robert Pinsky
"Pinsky has what I think Shakespeare must have had: dexterity combined with worldliness, the magician's dazzling quickness fused with subtle intelligence, a taste for tasks and assignments to which he devises ingenious solutions."--Louise Glück
Robert Pinsky attended Rutgers and Stanford, where he held a Stegner Fellowship. He has taught classes in poetry at Wellesley, Berkeley, and currently at Boston University. Among his awards are the William Carlos Williams Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. From 1997 to 2000 he was the U.S. Poet Laureate.