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Favorite Poem Project
Posted by: joseph r. torelli (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: March 21, 2005 09:03PM

The Favorite Poem Project was founded by Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States. The project recently published a collecton of 200 poems that were chosen by a cross-section of readers throughout the US: carpenters, teachers, nurses, plumbers, et al. It really is a wonderful book, containing a number of my favorites, as well as many beautiful poems that I either hadn't read before, or had forgotten. Equally enjoyable are the introductions to the poems written by the people who submitted them. They make for as compelling and enjoyable a read as the poems, themselves. The title of the book is: "An Invitation To Poetry." It is edited by Robert Pinsky and Maggie Dietz, and published by W. W. Norton & Co. LTD. I recommend it highly.

JoeT


Re: Favorite Poem Project
Posted by: lg (---.ca.charter.com)
Date: March 21, 2005 09:22PM

Thanks for the forward, Joseph. How were the participants chosen/selected?


Les


Re: Favorite Poem Project
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-02rh15-16rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: March 22, 2005 10:24AM


Re: Favorite Poem Project
Posted by: lg (---.ca.charter.com)
Date: March 22, 2005 01:44PM

Thanks for the info. Hugh. It looks interesting, but I still don't know how submissions were selected.

Les


Re: Favorite Poem Project
Posted by: joseph r. torelli (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: March 22, 2005 05:04PM

Les:

You'll probably have to ask the editors, but I imagine they chose a cross-section of what they considered the most interesting individuals and poems from the thousands of entries they received.

JoeT


Re: Favorite Poem Project
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-04rh16rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: March 23, 2005 10:28AM

"This anthology embodies Robert Pinsky's commitment to discover America's beloved poems. The selections in this anthology were chosen from the personal letters of thousands of Americans who responded to Robert Pinsky's invitation to write to him about their favorite poems. Some poems are memories treasured in the mind since childhood; some crystallize the passion of love or recall the trail of loss and sorrow. The poems and poets in this anthology—from Sappho to Lorca, from Shakespeare and Chaucer to Gwendolyn Brooks, Louise Glück, and Allen Ginsberg—are poems to be read aloud and memorized, poems to be celebrated as part of our nation's cultural inheritance."

[www.favoritepoem.org] />
How Sappho is part of the USA's cultural inheritance is not spelled out!


Re: Favorite Poem Project
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (---.nycmny83.covad.net)
Date: March 23, 2005 11:00AM

Damnit Jim, I'm a poet, not a linguist !


Re: Favorite Poem Project
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: March 23, 2005 11:16AM

Q: How were the poems selected?
A: They were chosen.

Well, alrighty then!

As far as "America's cultural inheritance" goes, thank goodness it's NOT limited to stuff written BY Americans! We'd be stranded on the Shores of Gitche Gumee!


Re: Favorite Poem Project
Posted by: Veronika (---.213.143.81.63.dc.telemach.net)
Date: March 23, 2005 11:55AM

"What thou lov'st well is thy true heritage" (E.P.)


Re: Favorite Poem Project
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (---.nycmny83.covad.net)
Date: March 23, 2005 12:18PM

Sappho's Diner, maybe


Re: Favorite Poem Project
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: March 23, 2005 01:53PM

I'll say it before Hugh does- a cunning linguist?

pam


Re: Favorite Poem Project
Posted by: lg (---.ca.charter.com)
Date: March 23, 2005 02:25PM

Pam, the thought never crossed my mind, til now!


Hugh, thanks for finding the description. But I would still be interested to know who picked which submissions, and why.


Les


Re: Favorite Poem Project
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (---.nycmny83.covad.net)
Date: March 23, 2005 02:35PM

Mr. Jorgan would NEVER say such a thing, Pam !


Re: Favorite Poem Project
Posted by: chuck (---.mn.client2.attbi.com)
Date: March 23, 2005 02:54PM

Actually we Ojibwe consider the shores of Gichi Gami pretty nice


Re: Favorite Poem Project
Posted by: lg (---.ca.charter.com)
Date: March 23, 2005 03:06PM

Most of Ginsberg's poetry wouldn't have made my favorites list, but there's no accounting for taste. (Of course this is said by one with no taste for accounting.)



Les


Re: Favorite Poem Project
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: March 23, 2005 03:31PM

Rats, and I've got to take accounting in Spring.

pam


Re: Favorite Poem Project
Posted by: lg (---.ca.charter.com)
Date: March 23, 2005 03:40PM

Pam, if you must. Rent a copy of "Donald in Mathemagic Land", it'll keep things in perspective.


Les


Re: Favorite Poem Project
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: March 24, 2005 12:57PM

Time to reread The Phantom Tollbooth as well.

pam


Re: Favorite Poem Project
Posted by: Talia (---.dialsprint.net)
Date: March 24, 2005 02:13PM

pshaw!




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