Picks and Pans Review: The Solace of Poetry

updated 04/25/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/25/2011 01:00AM

Caroline Kennedy, 53, writes that she's dreading "the prospect of an empty nest." As they always have, poems help her through.

HOW DID YOU CHOOSE THE POEMS FOR YOUR NEW BOOK?

I wanted to put together a collection for women like me with more time to reflect.

YOU'RE REFLECTING A LOT ON AGING?

Everywhere I go, if I say I turned 50, everyone's like, "I feel like I grew up with you-I must be really old... ." It's a terrible effect I have on a room! But turning 50 isn't actually that big a deal.

WHEN WILL YOUR NEST BE EMPTY?

My youngest (Jack) is leaving this fall. I do have my fantastic cockapoo August!

YOUR FAVORITE POEM LATELY?

I'm into the Auden poem "Leap Before You Look." It's an exciting idea.

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