An Invitation to Poetry

A New Favorite Poem Project Anthology

By Robert Pinsky (Editor); Maggie Dietz (Editor)
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393058765, 308pp.)

Publication Date: August 2004

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Description
For a reader unaccustomed to reading poetry, or who has fallen away from the custom, this collection offers an inviting way into the art, or back into it. For readers devoted to poetry, it offers illuminating examples of the infinitely various ways a poem reaches a reader.In both the book and the videos on the accompanying DVD, poems by Sappho, Shakespeare, Keats, Whitman, and Dickinson as well as contemporary poets are introduced by people from across the United States a construction worker, a Supreme Court justice, a glassblower, a marine each of whom speaks about his or her connection to the poem. Their comments are variously poignant, funny, heartening, tart, penetrating, and eccentric, showing some of the ways poetry is alive for American readers. An "Invitation to Poetry" will inspire a fresh experience of poetry's pleasure and insight.



About the Author
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.

Maggie Dietz is the Favorite Poem Project's director. She lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
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