Orson Scott Card, the author of Ender's Game, Lost Boys, and the Alvin Maker series, did not originally plan to write fiction. He spent his journeyman years as a playwright. Before that, however, it was poetry that engaged his pen. An Open Book, his first published collection, is selected from 35 years of poems. The title reflects his attitude that this book and all the poems in it remain works in progress. It also reflects Card's commitment to clarity, especially in poetry. As he says in his afterword: "To be clear and yet also say something worth saying is what I believe poetry should strive for."More
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