Rita Dove “The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry”

November 2nd, 2011

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How do you choose the very best American poetry of the entire twentieth century? Well, you start by giving the task to one of America’s most acclaimed poets, Pulitzer Prize-winning former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. She is editor of the newly-published book “The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry”

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And in one, 656-page volume, Dove has indeed brought together the famous, the less-famous, the legendary and the irreplaceable writers whose work defined the twentieth century in poetry.

From T.S. Eliot and William Carlos Williams to John Ashbery and Elizabeth Alexander, 180 poets in all populate this anthology that Dove spent four years assembling.

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Calvin Trillin “Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin”

September 16th, 2011

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His publisher calls this “the definitive collection of his humor” — Calvin Trillin fans will just call it a great read, and a fun look back at forty years’ worth of columns, poems, book excerpts, and essays.

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What he’s done here is cull through and sort, by topic, the best of his four decades. From politics to modern culture to his mother’s miraculous leftovers, Trillin covers it all. And no politician is safe from his poet’s sword. Except maybe someone whose name has neither rhyme nor meter.

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Caroline Kennedy “She Walks in Beauty”

April 27th, 2011

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She’s written several books about constitutional law, American history, and politics — now Caroline Kennedy‘s newest bestseller is an anthology of poetry for women, called “She Walks in Beauty.”

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Organized under headings such as “Falling in Love,” “Breaking Up,” “Marriage,” and “Motherhood,” Kennedy’s collection also brings together a blend of classics and newer, more contemporary poets and their work. Each section includes a brief personal introduction in which the now 53-year-old daughter of President John F. Kennedy explains the relevance of poetry in her own life. It all started, she explains, when friends sent her poems to help her cope with turning fifty.

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Amber Tamblyn “Bang Ditto”

December 10th, 2009

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She’s been writing poetry just about as long as she’s been acting, and for Amber Tamblyn, that means she’s been doing both since about age eleven. She’s pretty good at each – she’s been nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her acting, and a Borders Choice Award for Breakout Writing.

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She wields her poetry like a fine instrument, revealing and analyzing what’s going on inside her head. Her book of poetry is called “Bang Ditto.” ADVISORY: There is some adult conversation in this interview.

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