From the explosive growth in creative writing programs and workshops to the poetry slams and open mikes cropping up in cities all over the country, poetry is again becoming a vital part of the American landscape. This anthology showcases vivid, memorable poems with photographic portraits of leading writers in the United States by Margaretta Mitchell, together with an audio CD that presents a number of these poets reading from their work, including Aleida Rodriguez, Ishmael Reed, Maxine Hong Kingston, and John Ashbery.
"These portraits speak to each other and to us with the voice of poetry. Margaretta's mastery of the language of photography gives us insight into the poetic personae. The gestures bring meaning to the idea of poetry as originally spoken. What a fascinating series of faces."óRuth Bernhard