Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Maldive Shark

Robert Pinsky discusses Herman Melville's brilliance as a poet last week in Slate.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate, Pinsky will participate again this year at the New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs (which he does every year).

Herman Melville (1819-1891) lived at various times during his boyhood and adulthood in the Capital District, in both Albany (where he attended Albany Academy) and Lansingburgh.

Pinsky discusses "The Maldive Shark":

About the Shark, phlegmatical one,
Pale sot of the Maldive sea,
The sleek little pilot-fish, azure and slim,
How alert in attendance be....