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"Poetry, like life, has its patches of pure black, its furthest interiors where meaning gleams darkly, and must remain in that darkness if it is to mean at all. You know a good poem by whether or not those irreducible dark spots are integral to your experience of the whole." -- Christian Wiman, Introduction, 'The Open Door' 

a fine observation

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The Open Door 
100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine
Edited by Don Share and Christian Wiman
University of Chicago Press
October 4, 2012 

Mastery and Mystery
Twenty-One Ways to Read a Century
By Christian Wiman 
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/article/244606


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