Toward the Open Field: Poets on the Art of Poetry 1800-1950

Melissa Kwasny, editor
Published in 2004
by Wesleyan University Press

Poet and novelist Melissa Kwasny brings together prose pieces—essays, letters, declarations, defenses, manifestos, and apologia—by many influential European and American poets. The anthology pieces follows changing notions of what a poem is, what a poet is, why we read a poem, and the development of stylistic and ideological strategies in verse.