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The Flute Player in the Pit     1
Food and Happiness     6
The Little Venus of the Eskimos     13
Fried Sausage     19
Bicycle Thieves     22
Lady Be Good     26
Elegy in a Spider's Web     34
Novica Tadic     40
Shop, Le Bacares     43
No Cure for the Blues     46
Poetry Is the Present     53
The Necessity of Poetry     58
Luneville Diary     75
Red Knight     98
The Minotaur Loves His Labyrinth     101
Sigmund Abeles     115
Ales Debeljak     118
Don't Squeeze the Tomatoes!     120


Provides glimpses into the origins of Charles Simic's poetry