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By Maggie Dietz

This anthology embodies Robert Pinsky's dedication to find America's cherished poems, his specified venture as Poet Laureate of the United States.

the decisions during this anthology have been selected shape the non-public letters of hundreds of thousands of american citizens who answered to Robert Pinsky's invitation to jot down to him approximately their favourite poems. a few poems are thoughts precious within the brain in view that early life; a few crystallize the fervour of affection or bear in mind the path of loss and sorrow. The poems and poets during this anthology―from Sappho to Lorca, from Shakespeare and Chaucer to Gwendolyn Brooks, Louise Bluck, and Allen Ginsberg―are poems to be learn aloud and memorized, poems to be celebrated as a part of our nation's cultural inheritance. Accompanying the poems are reviews through those that communicate now not as specialist critics yet as passionate readers of assorted a long time, professions and areas. This anthology, in a way in contrast to the other, discloses the wealthy and lively presence of poetry in American existence on the millennium and gives a portrait of the USA throughout the lens of poetry.

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