Coghill, Sheila & Tammaro, Thom, eds. Visiting Frost : Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Robert Frost.

Author:Swaim, Jessica
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

COGHILL, Sheila & TAMMARO, Thom, eds. Visiting Frost; poems inspired by the life and world of Robert Frost. Univ. of Iowa Press. 180p. c2003. 0-87745-963-0. $17.95. SA

From the same editors that brought us Visiting Emily (Dickinson) and Visiting Walt (Whitman), this anthology contains over 100 poems that pay homage to New England's premier poet. Robert Bly, Gwendolyn Brooks, Maxine Kumin, Richard Eberhart, and Richard Wilbur are among the gifted contributors who honor Frost with, for example, poetic recollections of personal encounters with him, reflections at his grave, and remembrances of his appearance at JFK's inauguration. On the lighter side are parodies of some of Frost's most famous poems, such as Wendell Berry's send-up of The Pasture ("Don't come with me/You stay home too"), Kenneth Koch's Mending Sump ("Something there is that doesn't hump a sump"), or Gall White's Traveling with Cats on a Snowy Evening ("I've no idea whose woods these are/But I'm not getting very far/ From Albany to NYC/With two cats yowling in my car.")

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