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***Poems To Read

A New Favorite Poem Project Anthology

edited by Robert Pinsky and Maggie Dietz

Reviewed November 21, 2002.
W. W. Norton & Company, New York, 2002.  352 pages.

According to the Introduction to this book, the Favorite Poem Project involved gathering favorite poems of Americans of all ages and all walks of life.  The first anthology the project produced was called America’s Favorite Poems.  This collection also includes poems chosen by participants in the project, and many comments from participants are included before the poems they chose.  I liked the wide variety of ages, jobs and locations represented.

This collection is more diverse and less familiar to me than most collections of poems I’ve read.  This made it interesting and surprising.  There were a few old favorites, but mostly the poems were unfamiliar, new and interesting.  This is a nice collection, and fun to dip into to set your mind thinking. 

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