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The Poem I Turn To: Actors and Directors Present Poetry That Inspires Them
     

The Poem I Turn To: Actors and Directors Present Poetry That Inspires Them

by Jason Shinder
 
Movies and poetry have been intertwined since the dawn of cinema. Poets have written about movies, and movie actors have written and been inspired by poetry. Selected by 42 acclaimed entertainers, The Poem I Turn To includes selections from Pulitizer Prize winners and Poets Laureate, as well as inspiring contemporary poets. Listen to compelling readings on the CD and

Overview

Movies and poetry have been intertwined since the dawn of cinema. Poets have written about movies, and movie actors have written and been inspired by poetry. Selected by 42 acclaimed entertainers, The Poem I Turn To includes selections from Pulitizer Prize winners and Poets Laureate, as well as inspiring contemporary poets. Listen to compelling readings on the CD and read the actors' thoughts describing how poetry has affected their lives.

*HEAR
30 poems on one audio CD, including:
* Adam Arkin reading
Theodore Roethke's The Waking
* John Landis reading
Mark Twain's The War Prayer
* Lili Taylor reading
Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken
* Stacy Keach reading Shakespeare
And Many More

Editorial Reviews

The concept is simple: A book/CD package in which Hollywood actors and directors select and read poems that have influenced and inspired them. The match-ups are impressive: John Lithgrow reads W. B. Yeats; Lili Taylor recites Robert Frost's beloved "The Road Not Taken"; Mary Louise Parker brings to life Mark Strand's capsule classic "Keeping Things Whole"; and Michael O'Keefe re-creates Ezra Pound's imagist still life "In a Station at the Metro." Other contributors include Diane Keaton, Steve Buscemi, Peter Bogdanovich, Joanne Woodward, and Kyra Sedgwick.
Library Journal

Shinder (founding director, YMCA National Writer's Voice; Arrow Breaking Apart) combines several of his loves-filmmaking, directing, acting, writing, and editing-in this compilation of poems selected by approximately 45 actors and directors. The actors/directors are a diverse lot that includes Alan Arkin, Eve Ensler, and Philip Seymour Hoffman; the poets whose work they chose range from established (e.g., Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot, and Sylvia Plath) to current (e.g., Nikki Giovanni, Seamus Heaney, and Mary Oliver). The text includes biographies of the poets and the actors/directors as well as a brief narrative explaining why each person selected a particular poem. On the accompanying CD are audio recordings of 30 poems read by actor Lili Taylor, National Book Award finalist Carol Muske Dukes, and others (the book's proceeds will support a scholarship in the name of the late character actor David Coleman Dukes, Muske Dukes's first husband). Former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins writes the preface. With this book, whose selections each reveal something about the people they inspire, much-beloved poems are made new again. Recommended for all libraries-both public and academic-with large poetry and/or audio collections.
—Pam Kingsbury

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402205026
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Series:
A Poetry Speaks Experience Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.36(w) x 9.76(h) x 1.15(d)

Meet the Author

Jason Shinder's books include Lights, Camera, Poetry! and Best American Movie Writing, Every Room We Ever Slept In (a 1985 NY Public Library Noted Book) and Among Women (short listed for the 2001 National Book Award for Poetry). He is also the director of The Writing Program at Sundance Institute.

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