Robert Pinsky Combines Poetry and Jazz at the Boston Book Festival

By The Editors on 10.20.09

The inaugural Boston Book Festival is happening this Saturday, October 24th in Copley Square. The schedule of events features an impressive roster of writers speaking throughout the day. Surprisingly though, for a city that’s been home to so many of our country’s greatest poets, poetry won’t have much of a presence at the festival. Though there is one notable exception. You won’t want to miss Former Poet Laureate (and columnist on Poems Out Loud) Robert Pinsky reading from his latest anthology, Essential Pleasures at Trinity Church at 4pm at a reading titled Poetry as Music. In classic Pinsky-style, this won’t be just any poetry reading. Here’s the event description from the Boston Book Festival:

Experience the intersection of poetry and music with jazz aficionado and former National Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. The founder of the Favorite Poem Project and professor of creative writing at Boston University, Robert is known for his ability to bring poetry to life as spoken language, as showcased in his collection Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud. Robert will give a music-inflected reading, with back-up from jazz musicians Rakalam Bob Moses and Andrew Urbina.

If you don’t know the incredible work of Rakalam Bob Moses, this performance is worth watching:

topics: News / Essential Pleasures