Favorite Poem Project
The collection consists of video tapes in various formats (Mini-DV, DAT, D-Beta, VHS, ¾”) shot in various locations of public personalities reading their favorite poem. The poets chosen for representation include John Ashbery, W.H. Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks, Hart Crane, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, and William Shakespeare, to name a few. The readers include President Bill Clinton (reading Emerson’s "Concord Hymn); First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton (reading Howard Nemerov's "The Makers"); Stanley Kunitz (reading Gerald Manley Hopkins' "God’s Grandeur") and the Reverend Michael Haynes (reading Wordsworth's "A Psalm of Life"), to name a few. There are fifty poems represented on the list. A complete set is on file at the Library of Congress. There is also a complete set of audio tapes for possible radio use. The collection also includes submission files with letters from potential participants, listed alphabetically by last name; finalist poems; rejected poems; finalist readers; and a list of the final fifty selected readers. There are also journals which covered the project, awards presented to Robert Pinsky; and posters advertising various poetry events.