The Farrar, Straus and Giroux Poetry Blog

April 18, 2007

"One Seal In Particular I Have Seen Here Evening After Evening"

It's just occured to me to wonder if Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States, Pulitzer Prize nominee, author of 19 books, is frustrated that his Wikipedia entry begins with an almost-immediate reference to his appearance on The Simpsons? (I suspect, though, from my very limited interactions with him, that he would take it completely in stride.)

Here's a poem of Elizabeth Bishop's that Pinsky recorded for us in Boston. It's called 'At the Fishhouses,' and contains an image I love, one of Bishop singing Baptist hymns to a curious seal.

You can download it by clicking here, or listen to the audio below.


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