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Long Shadows     1
Dull Subjects     20
Lines     32
Anita O'Day and I     38
Richard Hugo and Detective Fiction     39
Merida, 1969     51
On Stanley Plumly's Summer Celestial     55
Dishonesty and Bad Manners     65
Cameo Roles     70
Horatian Hecht     73
Moving Around     89
On the Tennis Court at Night     100
Personal and Impersonal     109
Billie Holiday and Lester Young on "Me, Myself, and I"     113
The Continuity of James Wright's Poems     117
Ignorance     132
Wagoner, Hugo, and Levine     144
Travel     158
A Poet's Alphabet     165


These essays reveal the poet's fascination with the relationship between language and emotional life