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Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud

Pinsky, Robert, Ed.

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ISBN 10: 0393066088 / ISBN 13: 9780393066081
Published by W.W. Norton, Inc., 2009
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First printing. Maroon spine/red boards, gilt titles. Signed by editor Robert Pinsky on title page. Includes CD bound in (attached at rear endpaper). Poems span 16th century -- present, organized by poetic form. A near unread fine copy with very light smudge (not remainder mark) at bottom edge. DJ fine. 508 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 9699

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Title: Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of ...

Publisher: W.W. Norton, Inc.

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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A vibrant anthology and accompanying CD that revive a great American tradition: the joy of reciting poetry aloud.

This lively, abundant book is distinguished by its focus on hearing poetry read aloud. Robert Pinsky, beloved for his ability to bring poetry to life as spoken language, has collected poems that sound marvelous in a reader’s actual or imagined voice. Pinsky has organized the book into sections with brief introductions that emphasize the attentive, intuitive, and reflective process of listening to poetry. This structure provides an implicit, generous definition-by-example of poetry itself: beginning with “Short Lines, Frequent Rhymes” and “Long Lines” and proceeding through fundamental themes such as “Love Poems,” “Odes, Complaints, and Celebrations,” and “Jokes, Ripostes, Parodies, and Insults.”Essential Pleasures gives a fresh setting to traditional favorites, including poems by William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, and Robert Frost, placed among contemporary poems by John Ashbery, Louise Glu¨ck, Yusef Komunyakaa, and many others. This is an inviting and distinguished collection and an essential book for every home.

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.

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