Springsteen, Pinsky team up at NJ festival

Bruce Springsteen sings as he sits on stage at Fairleigh Dickinson University Thursday, May 6, 2010, in Madison, N.J. Less than a week after his induction into New Jersey's Hall of Fame, rocker Springsteen performed and talked about song writing to students at Fairleigh Dickinson University. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, pool)

May 6, 2010 7:35:28 PM PDT
Robert Pinsky and Bruce Springsteen apparently have more in common than just a way with words - they can trace their lineage back to the same hospital at the New Jersey shore.

The former U.S. poet laureate and the unofficial poet laureate of rock 'n' roll appeared on stage Thursday at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where they discussed their work and careers.

Springsteen performed his songs including "Darkness on the Edge of Town" and "Born to Run" and provided accompaniment to some of Pinsky's poems.

Springsteen quipped the two men are pursuing their second-favorite professions, saying he always wanted to be a poet and Pinsky always wanted to be a songwriter.

The event was part of the university's WAMFEST Words and Music Festival.