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Poems for Life: Famous People Select Their Favorite Poem and Say Why It Inspires Them
Gift book, book of inspiration, celebrity book, Poems for Life is an unforgettable collection of poems recommended by famous people and handed down from one generation to the next. What do Allen Ginsberg and Angela Lansbury have in common? Isabella Rossellini and E. L. Doctorow? Wendy Wasserstein and Yo-Yo Ma? They each have a favorite poem
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Arcade Publishing
(first published 1995)
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I gave this four stars because it introduced me to a number of poems I'd never read by poets I've read quite a bit of. It misses the 5 star mark because of the sheer lack of poetic knowledge by some famous submitters. There were multiple submissions of Frost's Stopping in the Woods on a Snowy Night and Kipling's If, so that one imagines these poems were only known and submitted because the submitters had to read them in 7th grade English. Still, a lovely anthology and some other truly interestin ...more
May 30, 2014 Karen Hagerman rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Every once in a while I enjoy a little poetry (only the easily-understandable type, I'm afraid!) and I did enjoy this book of poems, all of which were chosen by famous people as their favorites. It was kind of interesting to see which person chose a particular poem, and why. I find it amusing that Ed Koch and I have the same favorite poem ("Annabel Lee")! All the really hip, sophisticated people in this book and I have the most in common with Ed Koch??? Well, whatever, he must be a great guy! :- ...more
Poems for Life, A Special Collection of Poetry with Introduction by Anna Quindlen was compiled as a service to benefit the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children. The idea was conceived by two fifth grade classes at a New York grade school. Fifty celebrities contributed to this volume including Allen Ginsberg, Joyce Carol Oates, E. L. Doctorow, Tom Wolfe and Kurt Vonnegut and many others. Anna Quinlen, in the introduction speaks to how poetry has seemingly been "shunted" onto a siding ...more
I liked the idea for this book, and some of the poems chosen. Made me think about what it would look like to have people choose their favorite Bible story, and why they chose it. Because the idea is that a lot of people don't read poetry any more (ever?) and wonder what it's good for. The same with the Bible. As a compilation of poetry, it left something to be desired, but some of the poems and the reasons for chosing by the notable person were priceless.
ANNA QUINDLEN is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of eight novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and Miller’s Valley. Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a number one New York Times bests ...moreMore about Anna Quindlen...