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An Invitation to Poetry: A New Favorite Poem Project Anthology Hardcover – August 17, 2004
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Maggie Dietz is the Favorite Poem Project's director. She lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
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A variety of ndividuals briefly discuss how a particular poem has a special personal meaning, neatly driving
home the idea that a poem, or even part of a poem may have a different message,
depending on the eyes of the beholder. The book itself has selections that represent the range and
scope of poetry.
I have a young relative who has a major interest in poetry. And I had the opportunity to attend a discussion lead by Robert Pinsky. Given these 'messages', I thought I better attend the Pinksky gathering and learn something. Indeed I did learn and indeed I found a new pleasure. I would recommend An Invitation to Poetry to anyone who has a flicker of interest or no interest in poety. That's where I started.
The accompanying DVD is what grabs you. It is real people from many backgrounds and age groups sharing what poem they most love. Then they read or recite it. It'll blow you away. I found seeing the DVD a motivating factor for reading the poetry. All schools would do well to expose their students to this DVD.