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Monday Feature: The Sounds of Poetry by Robert Pinsky


"Poetry is a vocal, which is to say a bodily, art," Robert Pinsky declares in The Sounds of Poetry. "The medium of poetry is the human body: the column of air inside the chest, shaped into signifying sounds in the larynx and the mouth. In this sense, poetry is as physical or bodily an art as dancing."

A Poet Laureate's clear and entertaining account of how poetry works. Pinsky is the 2011 PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Honoree.