Books Singing School Learning to Write (And Read) Poetry by Studying With the Masters by Robert Pinsky Hardcover, 160 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, List Price: $25.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleSinging SchoolSubtitleLearning to Write (And Read) Poetry by Studying With the MastersAuthorRobert Pinsky Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Book Summary A former poet laureate provides informative introductions and sidebar notes for more than 80 poems by greats including William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson and George Herbert, in an effort to spark pleasure in reading and writing poems. Genres: Poetry Also by Robert Pinsky An Invitation to Poetry The Best of the Best American Poetry Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Singing School Robert Pinsky served as the United States Poet Laureate from 1997 to 2000. Ebony Bailey/NPR hide caption toggle caption Ebony Bailey/NPR Poetry Pinsky's 'Singing School': Poetry For The Verse Averse August 6, 2013 Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky says he's tired of people thinking of poetry as bad-tasting medicine they have to swallow just because it's healthy. His anthology of 80 poems by master poets is designed to help us see poetry as an art "rather than a challenge to say smart things." Pinsky's 'Singing School': Poetry For The Verse Averse Listen · 7:19 7:19 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/209256446/209427586" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Critics' Lists: Summer 2013 5 Books Of Poetry To Get You Through The Summer June 7, 2013 Critic Alan Cheuse believes that summer — with its long, hot, drowsy days — may be the best season for reading poetry. His recommendations include works by Poets Laureate Robert Pinsky and W.S. Merwin, and a novel in verse by the late essayist David Rakoff.