By Eli Siegel
With a Letter by William Carlos Williams
“He comes up with poems…which say more (and more movingly) about here and now than any contemporary poems I have read…” —Selden Rodman, Saturday Review
“He belongs in the very first rank of our living artists…” —William Carlos Williams
The title poem won the 1925 Nation Poetry Prize and, recorded by the poet, is the basis for the 2005 award-winning film by Ken Kimmelman.
Over 130 poems, including: “Ralph Isham, 1753 and Later”; “To Dylan Thomas”; “Put Zebras by the Mississippi”; “Dear Birds, Tell This to Mothers”; “The World of the Unwashed Dish”; “Night in 1242”; “She’s Crazy and It Means Something”; “‘Tis Loveliness, Sir”; “Twenty-one Distichs about Children”; “Kaddish (Words Having Holiness)” [from the Hebrew]. Also has notes by the author on many individual poems.