A Postcard from Robert Pinsky
Robert Pinsky's real audio greeting
Wednesday, April 7, 1999
I am in the midst of eleven days away from home, then one day back and
another week of travel. I hope Poetry Week is a good idea. Favorite Poem reading in DC
tonight, with William Cohen & Eleanor Holmes Norton & Harold Varmus, head of the
NIH joining schoolkids, cabdrivers, etc. Then tomorrow nite in NY schoolkids joining in
with Joyce Carol Oates, Grace Paley & other fiction writiers. The project is thriving,
with over 10,000 hits a day at the web site www.favoritepoem.org.
And we have completed the first video!
I have learned from the project that these events bring communities together: people of
diverse kinds from one town or city, all sharing works they treasure, none of them an
expert or the authorit creates understanding and respect, fosters attention, in ways
I had not anticipated. It is as though readers and poems, in the absence of the authors of
the poems, fulfill some of Whitman's vision of holding things together.