Edited by Dawn Potter
Autumn House Press, $34.95, 355 pages
A Poet’s Sourcebook: Writings About Poetry, from the Ancient World to the Present, edited by Dawn Potter, is a wonderful collection of poetry and criticism across ages and cultures. It serves as a self-directed course in poetry for those who aren’t enrolled in a college course – in fact, it is a springboard to multiple courses in one. The selections are short and never fail to pique interest. This is an attractive book for people who don’t want to get bogged down in any one particular subject, and have no desire to feel obligated to finish more than a few pages at a time, though it is easier to read on and on. Whether the reader is accustomed to being surrounded by poetry or is new to the field, this is a great book to keep things fresh. The reader of A Poet’s Sourcebook is welcomed into the fold of poetry and its debates and developments, better equipped than before to form opinions.
Reviewed by Sarah Alibabaie