Fans will encounter their favorites, from Anna Akhmatova to Langston Hughes to W.B. Yeats, and read them anew in the light of people's passionate comments. But there are also discoveries to be made. A New Mexican treasures "Who Says Words with My Mouth" by the 13th-century Persian poet Jalal Al-Din Rumi: "I can't live without it and I can die with it." And this reader is grateful to one New Yorker for offering up Nazim Hikmet's "Things I Didn't Know I Loved." Twenty-four-year-old Chad Menville writes: "I identify with this poem about imprisonment, censorship, longing, and belief in oneself more than with any other poem I have read. This poem needs to be heard! Please."
Americans' Favorite Poems really is a national portrait: those who took up Pinsky's challenge range from teachers to prisoners, teenagers to nonagenarians. There are even a few artists. Violinist and conundrum merchant Laurie Anderson sent a long, complex paragraph detailing how George Herbert inspired her to create a talking table: "It compressed the sound and drove it up steel rods so that when you sat with your elbows on the table and your hands to your ears, it was like wearing a pair of powerful headphones." And when it comes to A.E. Housman, the writer William Maxwell opted for simplicity with the sentence fragment: "Because I cannot read it without shuddering with pleasure." That same phrase can be applied to the entire volume. Robert Pinsky's vision is inspiring on every level, proof of his belief in poetry--and people. --Kerry Fried
I absolutely love poetry and this is one of the best collections I have ever read.
Americans' Favorite Poems is the result of Robert Pinsky's "Favorite Poem Project" in which he invited Americans to share their favorite poems.
There is a wonderful joy in seeing the tearful eye of a friend just lifted out of the ordinary to a place of deep feeling and understanding.
I absolutely love poetry and this is one of the best collections I have ever read. It pulls from a wide ranges of poets and includes many lesser-known poems.Published 6 months ago by Megan Kilian
I purchased this for my son; we homeschool. Although there were some good poems here, many were not what I would have wanted him to read. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Beth B.
I bought several copies as gifts and for local poetry readings. Each poem was submitted by a person with a letter explaining why it was his or her favorite.Published 18 months ago by V. Slater
This is the poetry book you pick-up open at random and enjoy. All the favorites are indeed favorites. Perfect when you're feeling nostalgic. Read morePublished on May 26, 2011 by Fairlee E. Winfield
This is a great sampler of all the wonderful poets of all times and represents all the different types of poetry. It is a journey into the past as well as the present. Read morePublished on September 26, 2005 by Betty P. Grinder
I personally prefer poem anthologies where the poetry is from a mix of poets, not just a collection of one poet's work. Read morePublished on September 5, 2004 by ShamayimBlue
I wonder. I doubt it since Maya Angelou isn't included. She's one of the most visible poets in America today and very much loved. Read morePublished on July 12, 2002 by R. Tiedemann
Americans' Favorite Poems is an amazing book. It is the result of the "favorite poem project" held across the nation. Read morePublished on July 30, 2001 by Oddsfish