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What is your favorite poem? That is the question students from two fifth-grade classes at a New York grade school asked famous people to whom they had written. Their idea, the students explained, was to put together a book that would benefit the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children. The students were also studying poems in class and wanted to know if anybody still, in fact, read and gained insight from poetry. Touched by this appeal to their hearts, minds, and memories, fifty celebrities responded to their inquiries, including Geraldine Ferraro, Allen Ginsberg, Rudi Giuliani, Peter Jennings, Angela Lansbury, Yo-Yo Ma, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Sawyer, Ally Sheedy, Kurt Vonnegut, and Tom Wolfe. The poems they offer range from John Donne to Langston Hughes, but their letters all express hope that the studentsand readers of this wonderful gift bookwill read and take inspiration from the poetry of past and present.
Of all the words that have stuck to the ribs of my soul, poetry has been the most filling,” writes Anna Quindlen in her introduction, and this beautiful, inspiring collection of poetry is the perfect expression of how poets can influence and shape our lives.
About the Author
Anna Quindlen is the bestselling author of novels and nonfiction titles including Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting, Still Life with Breadcrumbs, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake,A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Miller's Valley,Black and Blue, and Object Lessons. A journalist, she won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for her New York Times column "Public and Private.'" She lives with her husband in New York.
The Nightingale-Bamford School is an independent K–12 girl's school, founded in 1920 by Frances Nicolau Nightingale and Maya Stevens Bamford and located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.