Freedman, Jonathan. “How Now, Middlebrow?” Raritan 20 (Winter, 2001): 169-180. This review of Pinsky’s anthology Americans’ Favorite Poems says much about Pinsky’s place in the world of poetry.
Glück, Louise. “Story Tellers.” American Poetry Review, July/August, 1997, 9-12. Glück explores the narrative impulse in Pinsky’s work through comparisons with the poems of Stephen Dobyns. She attends to how each poet’s work is involved with time and history.
Lehman, David, ed. Ecstatic Occasions, Expedient Forms: Sixty-five Leading Contemporary Poets Select and Comment on Their Poems. New York: Macmillan, 1987. Lehman’s concept appears to be superficial, but the choices of poems and the quality of the authors’ commentaries are exceptional throughout. Pinsky explicates “The Want Bone” with candor and shares his enthusiasm for the use of the word “O.” His remarks are incisive and revealing.
Longenbach, James. “Robert Pinksy and the Language of Our Time.” Salmagundi 103 (Summer, 1994): 155-177. Longenbach argues that Pinsky’s originality in vision and in poetic diction can be understood by taking seriously his acknowledged indebtedness to and affinities with other writers.
Miller, Greg. “Spirituality in American Poetry.” Tikkun 18 (January/February, 2003): 68-70. Pinsky’s poem “Daniel” is analyzed.
Molesworth, Charles. “Proving Irony by Compassion: The Poetry of Robert Pinsky.” The Hollins Critic 21 (December, 1984): 1-18. Molesworth deals with three major topics: Pinsky’s use of discursive poetry, the role of irony in his work, and the all-important theme of compassion.
Parini, Jay. “Explaining America: The Poetry of Robert Pinsky.” Chicago Review 33 (Summer, 1981): 16-26. Parini has written widely on the subject of contemporary poetry, and this short study gives an excellent account of the connection between Pinsky’s critical theories and the volume An Explanation of America.
Pollitt, Katha. “World of Wonders.” The New York Times Book Review 18 (August, 1996): 9. Addressing The Figured Wheel, Pollitt praises Pinsky’s unique contribution in probing the human experience through poems that give both intellectual and sensual pleasure.
Tangorra, Joanne. “New Software from Synapse Takes Poetic License.” Publishers Weekly 227 (April 19, 1985): 50. Even though Tangorra’s piece is relatively brief, it offers an intriguing glimpse at another side of Pinsky’s creative expression—his electronic novel-game Mindwheel, the construction of which provides some fascinating clues about how Pinsky’s mind works and about how he organizes material in more traditional formats, such as those of poetry.