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This anthology embodies Robert Pinsky's dedication to find America's liked poems, his exact project as Poet Laureate of the USA. the decisions during this anthology have been selected from the non-public letters of millions of american citizens who spoke back to Robert Pinsky's invitation to put in writing to him approximately their favourite poems. a few poems are thoughts valuable within the brain due to the fact early life; a few crystallize the eagerness of affection or keep in mind the path of loss and sorrow. The poems and poets during this anthology--from Sappho to Lorca, from Shakespeare and Chaucer to Gwendolyn Brooks, Louise Glck, and Allen Ginsberg--are poems to be learn aloud and memorized, poems to be celebrated as a part of our nation's cultural inheritance. Accompanying the poems are reviews by means of those who communicate no longer as specialist critics yet as passionate readers of assorted a while, professions and areas. This anthology, in a fashion not like the other, discloses the wealthy and full of life presence of poetry in American existence on the millennium and gives a portrait of the USA in the course of the lens of poetry. the favourite Poem undertaking is an reliable a part of the Bicentennial occasion of the Library of Congress and the White apartment Millennium Council.

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I HAVE TO GO NOW... IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT? NOTHING, THANKS. THE DOOR SHUT. GEORGE STARED OUT AT THE RAIN, HIS HANDS TWISTING TOGETHER. A VOICE CAME OVER THE INTERCOM... MR. HILL, YOUR WIFE IS HERE TO SEE YOU. GOOD-BYE THEN, MR. HILL. YOUR WIFE IS WAITING IN THE ANTEROOM, WILL YOU SEE HER? GEORGE GRIPPED THE BARS… MR. HILL? BUT... SHE’S DEAD! I KILLED HER! …I SAW HER FALL! I SHOT HER! MR. HILL, DO YOU HEAR ME? I HEAR YOU! SHE’S DEAD! SHE’S DEAD! CAN’T SHE LET ME BE? LIGHTNING FLASHED IN THE SKY AND LIT HIS FACE.

HILL. YOUR WIFE IS WAITING IN THE ANTEROOM, WILL YOU SEE HER? GEORGE GRIPPED THE BARS… MR. HILL? BUT... SHE’S DEAD! I KILLED HER! …I SAW HER FALL! I SHOT HER! MR. HILL, DO YOU HEAR ME? I HEAR YOU! SHE’S DEAD! SHE’S DEAD! CAN’T SHE LET ME BE? LIGHTNING FLASHED IN THE SKY AND LIT HIS FACE. HE PRESSED HIS BURNING FOREHEAD TO THE COLD BARS, STARING, WAITING... I KILLED HER! I WON’T SEE HER... SHE’S DEAD! VERY WELL, MR. HILL... AFTER A LONG TIME. A DOOR OPENED SOMEWHERE BELOW. HE SAW TWO CAPED FIGURES EMERGE FROM THE PRISON, CROSSING THE COURTYARD...

HE WRENCHED AT THE BARS, BEATING AT THE CONCRETE LEDGE WITH HIS FISTS... SHE’S ALIVE! GUARD! GUARD! I SAW HER! SHE’S NOT DEAD! HE HEARD THE ENGINE START THE GUARDS CAME RUNNING... SHE’S NOT DEAD! I SAW HER! NOW YOU CAN LET ME OUT! IT’S ALL A MISTAKE! I SAW HER! WE WENT THROUGH ALL THAT AT THE TRIAL! THE CAR DROVE AWAY, WITH LEONARD AND KATIE INSIDE IT. AWAY TO PARIS AND LONDON AND VENICE IN THE SPRING, STOCKHOLM IN THE SUMMER AND VIENNA IN THE FALL... KATIE, COME BACK! YOU CAN’T DO THIS TO ME! BEHIND HIM, THE GUARDS MOVED TO TAKE HOLD OF HIM AS HIS SCREAMS ECHOED IN THE CONCRETE CELL...

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