- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (January 17, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393928381
- ISBN-13: 978-0393928389
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,045,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Invitation to Poetry: A New Favorite Poem Project Anthology (Student Edition) Paperback – January 17, 2006
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About the Author
Maggie Dietz is the Favorite Poem Project's director. She lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
Robert Pinsky is the author of eight collections of poetry including, most recently, his Selected Poems. His translation The Inferno of Dante won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry. His CD PoemJazz, with Grammy-winning pianist Laurence Hobgood, was released in 2012. As United States Poet Laureate, Pinsky founded the Favorite Poem Project (www.favoritepoem.org), in which thousands of Americans shared their favorite poems. That project gave rise to the previous anthologies, Americans’ Favorite Poems and An Invitation to Poetry, with each poem accompanied by readers’ comments. Pinsky teaches at Boston University.
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"An Invitation to Poetry: A New Favorite Poem Project Anthology" is the third volume of Pinsky's publicly and critically acclaimed series in which Americans, from ages 5 to 97, from many states, of diverse occupations and education, are asked to submit their favorite poems and to explain why the poem is important to them. Some of the readers' comments are as moving as the poetry itself.
The work included in this volume represents poets from all over the world throughout the centuries. The enclosed documentary DVD, which is a companion piece to this compilation, features twenty-eight contributors reading their own selections along with an introduction by Pinsky. The readers range in age and background from two 11-year-olds to 97-year-old former Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz to a Supreme Court justice. One of the segments that really moved and inspired me is by a Vietnam War Veteran who cries in front of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D. C., while reading "Facing It" by Yusef Komunyakaa: "I go down the 58,022 names / half-expecting to find / my own in letters like smoke."
I found many of my own favorites in this extraordinary collection. I was also introduced to several wonderful new poems I might never have read otherwise. Included here are works by: Sappho, Shakespeare, Goethe, Keats, Whitman, and Emily Dickinson, as well as more contemporary poems like those by Yehuda Amichai, and Saadi Youssef. The book emphasizes the pure joy of reading poetry. And, it appears, that poetry appreciation is alive and well in America!
I highly recommend this anthology to poetry lovers everywhere, and also the first two publications from The Favorite Poem Project: "America's Favorite Poems," and, "Poems To Read." These extraordinary volumes are all edited by Robert Pinsky and Maggie Dietz. And if you do not particularly care for poetry, this collection may change your mind.
Included are poems from everyone's favorite poets (multiple picks of Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and Shakespeare), but also lesser known (in United States) poets from other counties, such as Amichai from Israel, Evan Jones from Jamaica, or Youssef from Iraq. It is also striking the variety of occupations of those selecting the poems; there are construction workers, attorneys, soldiers, investment managers, and even a poet (Stanley Kunitz).
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