Don Share, Kay Ryan, and Atsuro Riley present The Open Door: One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years of Poetry Magazine, edited by Don Share and Christian Wiman (The University of Chicago Press, October 2012). Wine and sparkling water will be served.
To celebrate the centennial of Poetry magazine, the magazine’s editors have assembled this 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, surprising juxtapositions and enduring themes. The resulting volume 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.
Don Share is a poet, editor, or translator of numerous books, including his most recent collection of poems, Wishbone (David R. Godine, 2012). He is co-editor of The Open Door anthology and Senior Editor of Poetry magazine. Kay Ryan is the author of several books of poetry, including, most recently, The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Ryan served as US Poet Laureate from 2008 to 2010. Atsuro Riley is the author of Romey’s Order, which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, The Believer Poetry Award, and a Witter Bynner Award from the Library of Congress. Riley received the J. Howard and M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry magazine. He lives in California.