Editor’s Note




The Cork-Lined Room

Arshile Gorky’s Embroidered Apron




A Deeper Music

Ansel Adams

Philip Guston

The Imperfect Teacher

Until We Are Pure Spirit

Visit to a Dead Poet

Science Fiction

Robert Maurer

Influential Anxieties

Being Helped

Fathers and Son

Roman Coins, Scythian Pottery

Lowell’s Atmosphere

Cendrar’s Trunk


Influences Among Elders

On Influence

An Honest Believer

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

“Driving to the Interior”: Elizabeth Bishop, Guide

Ay, Que Vida

A Note on George Oppen

Robert Lowell

On Reprinting Golk

Food and Cooking

Chuck Berry, Yes


A Version of Paolo and Francesca

To Arshile Gorky

To Amelia Earhart

Six Thousand Terracotta Men and Horses


Mary’s Argument

Letter Written on a Paper Mountain


Where Is Your Judas?

Reading History

Shopping Cart’s Ditty

The Debt

Visiting Hours

Leland W. Smith

Black and White Elegy

Screech Owl

Hot Water

Dare Me

Weather Report

African Souvenirs

At the Dump

Thirteen Falls

For George Oppen

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