Poetry Magazine Celebrating 100 Years

BY Tom LeGro  December 24, 2012 at 3:45 PM EST

“Print the best poetry written today, in whatever style, genre or approach.” Those were the ambitious words written 100 years ago by Harriet Monroe when she founded Poetry,” now the oldest monthly journal devoted to verse in the English-speaking language.

Along the way, Poetry introduced such seminal figures as Ezra Pound and
T.S. Eliot, and has championed poets from Wallace Stevens to Gwendolyn Brooks to former Poet Laureate Kay Ryan.

In 2003, Poetry received a large grant from philanthropist Ruth Lilly that led to the creation of the Poetry Foundation, which funds projects to support the arts, including the NewsHour’s coverage.

To mark the 100-year anniversary now comes a new book, “The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine.”

Here’s more of Jeffrey Brown’s with conversation with Christian Wiman, who is a poet in his own right. In this web extra, they talk about Wiman’s poetry and his recent book, “Every Riven Thing.”