From the Back Cover
Open Poetry's 2007 International Sonnet Competition drew entries from across the world - not just the major continents of the Americas, Europe and Australasia, but less obvious places like Myanmar and the Lebanon. This anthology contains the 100 shortlisted sonnets from which the judges Susan Bassnett, Jacqueline Osherow and Don Paterson selected the winning poems by Julie Kane, Daniel Neumann, Alison Mace, John Haynes, Lydia Macpherson and William Orem.
About the Author
Editor Christopher Whitby studied English at Cambridge and then undertook postgraduate work on the Renaissance magus John Dee at The Shakespeare Institute at a time that Dee was still regarded as a figure not worth much serious research. He spent many years as a teacher and is the Director of Open Poetry Ltd, while now earning a living as a graphic designer. He writes in various genres, but at present his poetry is almost exclusively in sonnet form as he feels its possibilities are by no means exhausted. The Open Poetry International Sonnet Competition was his idea.