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The Open Door : One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years of Poetry Magazine

Edited by Don Share , Edited by Christian Wiman

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To celebrate the centennial of Poetry, editors Don Share and Christian Wiman combed the magazine's vast archives to create a new kind of anthology, energized by a self-imposed limitation to one hundred poems. Rather than attempting to be exhaustive or definitive - or even to offer the most familiar works - they have assembled a collection of poems that, in their juxtapositions, echo across a century of poetry. The result is an anthology like no other, a celebration of idiosyncrasy and invention, a vital monument to an institution that refuses to be static, and, most of all, a book that lovers of poetry will devour, debate, and keep close at hand.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 138 x 228 x 16mm | 320g
  • 27 Aug 2013
  • The University of Chicago Press
  • University of Chicago Press
  • Chicago, IL
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 022610401X
  • 9780226104010
  • 298,224

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Don Share, senior editor of Poetry, is a poet and the author, editor, or translator of numerous books. Christian Wiman, editor of Poetry from 2003 to 2013, is the author of three books of poetry, a volume of essays, and a memoir.

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"A high-wire anthology of electric resonance.... The editors arranged poems by poets of the pantheon and poets overlooked, underrated, or new in pairings and sequences of thrilling contrapuntal dynamics. Christian 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." (Booklist) "With this collection, Share and Wiman want only to promote the art of poetry, something they do exceedingly well. Highly recommended." (Library Journal, starred review) "A wonderful anthology.... In many ways this is a wonderfully democratic anthology-to get in, you don't have to be famous, you just need to be good." (National Post) "If readers would like to sample the genius and diversity of American poetry in the last century, there's no better place to start than The Open Door." (World Literature Today)"

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