Harriet asks me to wish you all the best in the new year, and to thank all the readers, bloggers and commenters who've stopped by these last twelve months and more - please do keep coming back!
In the new year's resolution department, she also wants me to remind everyone to be kind as circumstances permit: to fortify and express your passions without injury to those with whom you find disagreement. H. loves the differing viewpoints represented here, but reserves the right (hardly ever exercised, in fact - a tribute to those who put in their two cents or flarf-dollars here!) to refrain from publishing remarks that aim to be hurtful and little more. You know, name-calling, etc.
I'd like to add my own warm wishes on behalf of Poetry, and especially to thank some Poetry Foundation folks who've helped create this interesting place but have moved on to other poetical pursuits, namely Emily Warn, Nick Tremelow, Elizabeth Stigler, and Milan Gagnon. We'll miss them, but hope they'll continue to drop by...
And now, a snippet of an new year greeting by W.H. Auden:
I should like to think that I make
a not impossible world,
but an Eden it cannot be:
my games, my purposive acts,
may turn to catastrophes there.
If you were religious folk,
how would your dramas justify
unmerited suffering?
Here's wishing you a happy '09!

Originally Published: January 2nd, 2009

Don Share became the editor of Poetry in 2013. His books of poetry are Wishbone (2012), Squandermania (2007), and Union (2013, 2002). He is the co-editor of The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine (2012), and editor of Bunting's Persia (2012) and a critical edition of Basil Bunting's poems (2016). He...

  1. April 13, 2009
     Elizabeth

    Bless you, Michael!