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Contents

I. Interviews
With Crazy Horse     3
With Wayne Dodd and Stanley Plumly     11
With George Starbuck     27
With Rod Steier     46
With Students at Interlochen School     51
With Rick Jackson and Michael Panori     58
With Sherod Santos     68

II. Essays, Introductions, Notes
Negative Capability and Its Children     83
Vasko Popa     92
A Retired School Teacher in Galoshes     96
Peret     97
The Partial Explanation     101
Images and "Images"     105
A Clear and Open Place     108
Composition     110
Some Thoughts about the Line     113
Streets Strewn with Garbage     115
The Infinitely Forked Mother Tongue     118
Classic Ballroom Dances     120
Notes on Poetry and History     124

Description

Provides a critical and autobiographical context for viewing Simic's poetry