“A high-wire anthology of electric resonance. . . . The editors arranged these redefining poems by poets of the pantheon and poets overlooked, underrated, or new in pairings and sequences of thrilling contrapuntal dynamics. Wiman’s opening essay is titled ‘Mastery and Mystery,’ and those are, indeed, the forces at work here, inducing readers to marvel anew at the strange impulse to write poetry and the profound effort required to do it well.”
When founding editor Harriet Monroe began publishing this monthly periodical of poetry and criticism, she established an open-door policy, hoping to encourage both the great and the unknown to submit their work. The downside of this approach was including both the wheat and the chaff. The upside is evident here. . . .With this collection, Share and Wiman want only to promote the art of poetry, something they do exceedingly well.”
Library Journal, starred review
The Open Door
100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine
Edited by Don Share and Christian Wiman
|Publication Date: October 4, 2012 ||978-0-226-75070-5 |
|UK Publication date: October 16, 2012 ||$20.00/£13.00 |
To celebrate the centennial of Poetry magazine, the magazine’s editors have assembled a stunning collection—a book not of the best or most familiar poems of the century, but one that uses Poetry’s long history and incomparable archives to reveal unexpected echoes and conversations across time, to uncover surprising juxtapositions and enduring themes, and, most of all, to show that poetry—and Poetry—remains a vibrant, important part of today's cultural landscape. “One of the qualities essential to being good at reading poetry is also one of the qualities essential to being good at life: a capacity for surprise,” Share and Wiman write in their introduction. We invite you to open this book and delight in its surprises.
Don Share is a poet and the author, editor, or translator of numerous books. Christian Wiman is the author of three books of poetry and a volume of essays. He is a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow. Together they edit Poetry magazine.