image of Robert Pinsky Mr. Pinsky teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Boston University. His most recent publications are The Handbook of Heartbreak: 101 Poems of Lost Love and Sorrow and The Sounds of Poetry: A Brief Guide, which Mr. Pinsky describes as “a brief, plain book about how to hear poems.” Mr. Pinsky’s other works include the collections of his poetry The Sadness And Happiness (1975); An Explanation of America (1980), awarded the Saxifrage Prize as the year’s best volume of poetry from a small or university press; History of My Heart (1984), which won the William Carlos Williams Prize in 1995; The Want Bone (1990); and The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems, 1966-1996 (1995), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. He is co-translator of The Separate Notebooks, by Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz (1983). His verse translation of The Inferno of Dante (1994) was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in poetry and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, given by the Academy of American Poets. His writing has won awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Having served as poetry editor of The New Republic through much of the 1980s, he is currently poetry editor of the weekly Internet magazine Slate, and a contributor to “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” on PBS television, reading poems related to current events. Mr. Pinsky has also introduced several early recordings of Favorite Poem Project volunteers on “Anthem,” a weekly cultural program on National Public Radio.