ABC by Robert Pinsky

Discovered this last June.

ABC
Robert Pinsky

Any body can die, evidently. Few
Go happily, irradiating joy,

Knowledge, love. Many
Need oblivion, painkillers,
Quickest respite.

Sweet time unafflicted,
Various world:
X=your zenith.

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~ by T. on September 7, 2005.

4 Responses to “ABC by Robert Pinsky”

  1. […] One’s appreciation for Robert Pinsky’s poem “ABC” (his sophomoric work in which every word is in alphabetic order, and which is as bromidic as it sounds) may be considered a precursor for the enjoyment of Marco Nereo Rotelli’s “Divina Natura.” […]

  2. […] “Anybody can die, evidently.” -“ABC”, Robert Pinsky, United States Poet […]

  3. [...] The poet Robert Pinsky visited UC Riverside to give a reading when I was a student and peer writing tutor at nearby Riverside Community College, Moreno Valley (now Moreno Valley College). I was (and am) a huge fan of Pinsky’s work, and at the time, I had the ambition to become poet laureate, as he was. During the question and answer session at the end of his event, I asked him, “How would you define success, as a writer?” He responded that success, as a writer, didn’t have anything to do with being published or garnering fame or money. “Accuracy, brevity, clarity,” he told me, is the definition of success as a writer. I now know that this is common advice to journalists, but it applies to all types of writing. Of course, this advice is also very easy to remember by the mnemonic “ABC.” (Incidentally, Pinsky has a fantastic poem called “ABC.”) [...]

  4. [...] Its 60 hand drawn frames using a drawing tablet. It’s synced up to a part of a poem called “ABC” by Robert Pinsky. The voice over is recorded by our teacher Mike Tracy (former Disney Layout Artist). [...]

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