Pinsky, Robert (ed.): The Book of Poetry for Hard Times: An Anthology
W. W. Norton, paperback
Publication Date: July 27, 2021
Publisher Marketing: Despair, mania, rage, guilt, derangement, fantasy: poetry is our most intimate source for the urgent, varied experience of human emotion. Poems get under our skin; they offer solace with the balm, and the sting, of understanding. In The Book of Poetry for Hard Times, former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky curates poems that explore the expanses of human emotion across centuries, from Shakespeare to Terrance Hayes, Dante to Patricia Lockwood. Each poem reveals something new about our most profound and universal experiences; taken together they offer a sweeping ode to the power of poetry.
Previously published as The Mind Has Cliffs of Fall: Poems at the Extremes of Feeling