The Poet Laureate and the Fraygrants

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Sept. 5 1998 3:30 AM

The Poet Laureate and the Fraygrants

Robert Pinsky goes toe-to-toe with participants in "The Fray."

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I find some of the Voices and Visions series wonderful. A video/audio project of my own that I hope we get to is the Favorite Poem Project: The idea is to tape 1,000 Americans of all ages, professions, regions--not necessarily poets--each saying aloud a favorite poem, with a sentence or two about why he/she loves the poem. Bless you for using my "Shirt"--it was on a recent College Board exam. ... I'm both pleased by that and a little dismayed to think I'm being used by ETS to torment the young!

MMWalker--

Do you speak your work aloud as you write to hear those sounds?

RobertPinsky--

MMWalker,

I do write--and read--with my voice. For me, this is a vocal art.

NuPlanetOne--

Mr. Pinsky,

I find the statement that you view poetry as a vocal art quite interesting. Are you saying that what comes out of you as poetry is a thing designed to be spoken? I have said something similar myself, but I was referring to the inner voice we all carry around with us. Is this the voice you speak of, or do you literally mean poetry should be vocalized physically?

RobertPinsky--

NuPlanet,

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