THE "POETRY" ANTHOLOGY: 1912-1977
Edited by Daryl Hine and Joseph Parisi
Houghton Mifflin; 555 pages; $20 hardcover, $10.95 paperback
In 1912 a middle-aged woman named Harriet Monroe persuaded 100 fellow Chicagoans to contribute $50 apiece for five years running. Why? To underwrite a monthly magazine that would publish the best new poetry. As an investment, the project had its drawbacks. First, no one had ever gone broke underestimating America's hunger for good verse. Second, even if acceptable, bill-paying poetry was available, Harriet Monroe seemed singularly ill-equipped to find it. Her own best efforts in the...