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Name: Holy Door.

Historical Note:

A story told by Irish poet Thomas Kinsella would have it that the manuscripts published in Holy Door were rescued from the River Liffey by their young editor -- having been consigned to a watery grave by James Liddy, editor of Holy Door's predecessor, Arena.  In the absence of water damage, the story may be assumed to be apocryphal.

Edited and published at Dublin, Ireland, by Brian Lynch, then a student at University College, Dublin, Holy Door--a little magazine "...devoted to the new mind and the new eye...."--made three appearances:  Summer, 1965; Winter, 1965; and Spring, 1966.  Its emphasis is on poetry--particularly that of young poets, Irish and others; and there is evidence that much of the material had been originally intended for Arena, which ceased publication in 1965.

Contributors include W. H. Auden, George Barker, Anthony Cronin, Edward Dahlberg, Aidan Higgins, Pearse Hutchinson, Patrick Kavanagh, Thomas Kinsella, Ewart Milne, John Montague, Alastair Reid, Charles Hubert Sisson, Ruthven Todd and Andrei Voznesensky (in translation).

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