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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402201516
  • ASIN: B006J3ZCR8
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Diane Boller and Don Selby are two of the founding editors of the Poetry Daily website (poems.com) and continue to select the poems published each day.

Chryss Yost is an award-winning poet, writer and web designer. With Dana Gioia and Jack Hicks, she coedited California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present. She works at the University of California and is an editor of Solo: A Journal of Poetry.

Rita Dove is a former U.S. Poet Laureate and a Pulitzer Prize–winning poet.

Dana Gioia is a poet, critic and the author of Can Poetry Matter? In January 2003, he was appointed Chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts.

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Final quibbles for me are the shape of the book and the cover design.
Kay Day
If you can restrict yourself to reading only one poem a day from this book, you're either very disciplined, very busy, or you hate poetry.
Alfred J. Bruey
An excellent collection; generously eclectic, profound and fulfilling.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Wendy on January 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
An excellent collection; generously eclectic, profound and fulfilling. If you are familiar with the website then this book is your reward. Finally, a collection of the poems you have been reading throughout the past year(s), burning up your printer to make copies of and clipping together in files. If you are not familiar with the website this book will make you want to sign on. Poetry Daily provides that moment, when you sigh inwardly and say, "A-ha, yes". Don't forget to read the Introduction, you will be intrigued by the fact that the Poetry Daily founders are not English lit majors or academics, but just regular folks who love poetry. This is what makes the collection so marvelously accessible.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kay Day on June 14, 2004
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Poetry Daily's anthology offers 366 poems from the Net site by the same name. Edited by Diane Boller, Don Selby and Chryss Yost, the book does a solid job of assembling a variety of voices and styles. Most poetry fans will find something of interest, and there are poems that hang with you long after you've read them.
Scanning the credits, a number of familiar presses are represented, from established publishers such as Copper Canyon, Zoo Press, Sarabande Books and Alice James Books. University presses are represented abundantly. But poems come from less familiar quarters too, although those are fewer.
Some of my favorite poets are included; among them, Kim Addonizio, Bob Hicok, Rhina P. Espaillat, Tony Hoagland, Marie Howe and Marilyn Hacker. I've interviewed a few of my favorites for magazine articles, and I'm always glad to see their work put before a wide audience. Some of the poets I've communicated with in cyberspace, such as Patricia Fargnoli, whose work I was delighted to see included because her poetry always resonates with me. Other poets I met by way of their words in this book.
It's the sort of volume meant for thumbing through, the perfect companion to a peaceful moment when a reader can just curl up and enjoy a sort of poetic oasis in our hurry-up-and-go society. The selections are grouped by month and day, so that theoretically, a poem can be read like a devotional. I didn't care for that setup; it seems contrived, but that's a personal quibble that has to do with format rather than poetry. Poetry Daily the Net site aims to offer up a poem each day, but with a book, few people will grab the book, read one poem and be on their merry way. That's just not the involvement I see with a book of poems.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stephen C. Turner on January 31, 2004
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Before you can understand this book, you must understand the online site, Poetry Daily, from which these poems have been harvested. Poetry Daily publishes (or, rather, re-publishes) a new poem everyday, but the poems have all been previously published in a literary journal or book of poetry. Thus, at Poetry Daily, you may read a poem by William Matthews or A.E. Stallings, Rachel Hadas, Marilyn Hacker or Dana Gioia. And these poems may have been previously published almost anywhere, for the editors' taste is nothing if not eclectic. I have been reading Poetry Daily, almost daily, for almost all of the six years of its existence, and I can tell you that the poems published there do not reflect a particular agenda or school of poetry. Poetry Daily has published free verse, mostly, because that is what is mostly published in the journals, but you will also find there sonnets, villanelles, ballads, blues stanzas, translations, light verse, prose poems, you name it. What all the poems have in common is a kind of inner quality I can call only "brightness." The editors seem drawn to poems that are intelligent, that evoke honest emotion, that display an energetic diction, that have a distinctive voice, and that make use of images that are bright and clear. And, as these things are true of the poems published on the web site, they are even more true of the poems published in this book because this book represents a careful culling of the poems published on the web site. So, what you have, really, is a kind of best of the best of American poetry over the last six years. The book is a treat, and a good answer to the question--where is American poetry at right now?
The concept behind the book is that you read one poem a day for each of the 366 days of 2004. (Yep, it's a leap year.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alfred J. Bruey on December 10, 2003
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An excellent book. If you can restrict yourself to reading only one poem a day from this book, you're either very disciplined, very busy, or you hate poetry. First class all the way, just what you'd expect if you followed their web site.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 14, 2004
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Collaboratively compiled, arranged and edited by Diane Boller, Don Selby and Chryss Yost, Poetry Daily offers 366 poems from 366 contemporary poets, including Dana Gioia, Jane Hirschfield, Albert Goldbarth and many more. Offering a different poem for every day of the year (even a leap year!), Poetry Daily is a vigorous, challenging, and delightful 470-page compilation recommended for poetry lovers everywhere. The Dancer: Say you came once as a dragonfly,/a one-inch serpent-twig, the suspended "I,"//its double pair of barely air-dried wings/sewing one moment to the next. Quietness//makes it clear: it's not an exact equation,/the weight of clouds and the dusty mirror//of the pond. The nymphs are always hatching./Something is always disturbing the surface,//changing the leeway: future perfect, past/imperfect, this green ocean of air in between. -- Margaret Holley
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