The Poem I Turn To: Actors and Directors Present Poetry That Inspires Themby 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 read the actors' thoughts describing how poetry has affected their lives.
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
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.
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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