Nine More Gates: An Introduction
Dan Albergotti, Editor
When I began thinking about what sort of feature we might present in the ninth issue of Waccamaw, I wondered if there were a way I could make “nine” significant. It’s easy to celebrate a fifth, a tenth, a fifteenth, etc. But a ninth?
Then my eyes fell onto the book lying on my office desk, Jane Hirshfield’s Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, one of my favorite collections of essays about the art and a text I regularly assign in my classes. I opened to the copyright page and saw that the original publication year was 1997; this year would mark the fifteenth anniversary of its publication. Significance found.
So I solicited nine original essays from previous poetry contributors to Waccamaw on the topic of “poetry and gates.” The poets were told that they could interpret that topic in any way they saw fit. The results, I believe, are extraordinary. And I think you’ll agree.
I want to thank the poets for participating in this feature and for writing such great essays. And now I invite our readers to enjoy “Nine More Gates”:
|No. 12 - Fall 2013
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