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From The CriticsFrom the category of poems most people might actually want to read comes this anthology of beautifully conceived and artfully made verse from writers invited to the Frost Place residency program during the years 1977-2000. The idea is to gather poets whose literary lives are about where Frost's life was in 1915, when he bought a farm in New Hampshire and, during his subsequent five-year stay, produced some of his greatest work. When Frost arrived, he was forty, fresh from a disappointing visit to England and just enjoying the publications of A Boy's Will and North of Boston. In addition to writing a brief foreword, Hall chooses a sample from Mountain Interval (1916) to set the scene, and what follows is a rich, satisfying anthology of the early work of twenty-four wonderful poets. Editors Davison and Sheehan have provided a generous selection of work from such notables as Katha Pollitt, Robert Haas, William Matthews, Mary Jo Salter, Pattiann Rogers and Stanley Plumly. In a time when so much praise is lavished on cerebral poetry, these works recall the tradition of writing for the mind and the heart.