Acknowledgments

I would like to thank Andrew McNeillie for catching me at an MLA Convention book exhibit while I was hunting for a coffee stand and suggesting that I take on this project, and to Karen Wilson, Janet Moth, Emma Bennett, and the patient editorial and production staff at Blackwell for all their help. I have benefited greatly by suggestions from my colleagues at the College of William and Mary, Tom Heacox, Henry Hart, Hermine Pinson, and Nancy Schoenberger. Writers and teachers Sam Kashner and Lizbeth Keiley also provided helpful information. Christopher Bram, a William and Mary graduate who returned for a stint as Writer in Residence, generously reviewed and commented upon my proposed texts and writers. Burton Hatlen at the National Poetry Foundation kindly answered some questions. Glen MacLeod at the University of Connecticut solicited for me the helpful views of a number of contemporary poets, including Marilyn Nelson, Marilyn Hacker, and Margaret Gibson, and also shared his expertise on Wallace Stevens. Finally, I will always be grateful to the late Tony Tanner and to A. Walton Litz for being exemplary teachers, and for introducing me to the world of American literature and modern American poetry.

The author and publisher also wish to thank the following for permission to use copyright material. Excerpt from "Rock and Hawk," from Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers by Robinson Jeffers. Copyright © 1925, 1929 and renewed 1953, 1957 by Robinson Jeffers. Reprinted by permission of Random House, Inc.

Excerpt from "Since feeling is first," from Complete Poems: 1904-1962 by E. E. Cummings, edited by George J. Firmage. Copyright © 1926, 1954, 1991 by the Trustees for the E. E. Cummings Trust. Copyright © 1985 by George James Firmage. Reprinted by permission of Liveright Publishing Corporation.

Excerpt from "Black Tambourine," from Complete Poems of Hart Crane by Hart Crane, edited by Marc Simon. Copyright © 1933, 1958, 1966 by Liveright

Publishing Corporation. Copyright © 1986 by Marc Simon. Reprinted by permission of Liveright Publishing Corporation.

"Thus Hides the Parts. . ." from New Collected Poems by George Oppen. Copyright © 2000 by Linda Oppen. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.

Excerpts from "Cuttings" and "Cuttings (later)," from The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke by Theodore Roethke. Copyright © 1948 by Theodore Roethke. Reprinted by permission of Doubleday, a Division of Random House, Inc.

Excerpts from The Dream Songs #76, #145, #384 by John Berryman. Copyright © 1969 by John Berryman. Copyright renewed 1997 by Kate Donahue Berryman. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC.

Excerpt from "I know a Man" by Robert Creeley, from Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975. Copyright © 1983 The Regents of the University of California. Reprinted by permission.

Excerpt from "The Day Lady Died," from Lunch Poems by Frank O'Hara. Reprinted by permission of City Lights Books.

Excerpt from "For William Carlos Williams," from What a Kingdom It Was by Galway Kinnell. Copyright © 1960, renewed 1988 by Galway Kinnell. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Excerpt from "North American Time," copyright © 2002, 1986 by Adrienne Rich; excerpt from "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers," copyright © 2002, 1951 by Adrienne Rich; excerpt from Poem V of "Twenty-One Love Poems," copyright © 2002 by Adrienne Rich, copyright © 1978 W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.; excerpt from "Power," copyright © 2002 by Adrienne Rich, copyright © 1978 by W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., from The Fact of a Doorframe: Selected Poems 1950-2001 by Adrienne Rich. Reprinted by permission of the author and W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Excerpt from "Riprap" by Gary Snyder. Reprinted by permission of the author.

Excerpt from "The Secret Garden" from The Yellow House on the Corner by Rita Dove. Carnegie-Mellon University Press, copyright © 1980 by Rita Dove. Reprinted by permission of the author.

Excerpt from "Thomas at the Wheel," and "Daystar," from Thomas and Beulah by Rita Dove. Carnegie-Mellon Press, copyright © 1986 by Rita Dove. Reprinted by permission of the author.

Every effort has been made to trace copyright holders and to obtain their permission for the use of copyright material. The author and publisher will gladly receive any information enabling them to rectify any error or omission in subsequent editions.

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