Preface. Editor's Note to the Reader. Kim Addonizio.
First Poem for You.
The Way of the World.
Night of the Living, Night of the Dead.
THe Magical Glass: Addonizio on Duende and Desire. Dick Allen.
Cities of the Fifties (A Glose).
Allen on Transforming New FOrmalism and New Narrative. David Baker.
My Suspicious Best: Baker on the Double-Exposed Narrative. Robert Bly.
Snowbanks North of the House.
Bly on Assertions and Associations. Michael J. Bugeja.
Ars Poetica: The Influence of Lady Mary Wroth.
Bugeja on the Sonnet Crown. Wanda Coleman.
In Search of the Mythology of Do Wah Wah.
The California Crack.
You Judge a Man By the Silence He Keeps.
Prove It Why Don't You.
All of That.
Muse & Mastery—Coleman on the Poet-in-Progress. Billy Collins.
A History of Weather.
Questions About Angels.
The Ride of Poetry: Collins on Metaphor and Movement. Denise Duhamel.
Duhamel on the Serial Poem. Stephen Dunn.
Something Like Happiness.
The Guardian Angel.
A Postmortem Guide.
Imagining Myself My Father.
John & Mary.
A Commentary on "Artful Talk," Dunn on Drift and Counterdrift. Stuart Dybek.
Dybek on Pleasure and Mystery. Ray Gonzalez.
Kiva Floor at Abo.
Federico Garcia Lorca's Desk.
I am Afraid of the Moon.
Kick the Heart.
Under the Freeway in El Paso.
The Composition of Landscape: Gonzalez on Place and Imagination. Bob Hicok.
Bottom of the Ocean.
Other Lives and Dimensions and Finally a Love Poem
To Err is Humid.
Process of Elimination.
Hicok on Getting Out of Your Poem's Way. Jane Hirshfield.
For What Binds Us.
The Love of Aged Horses.
Three Foxes By the Edge of the Field at Twilight.
In Praise of Coldness.
Hirshfield on Mysterious Making, Revision as Instruction, and the Hunt for a Way to Go On. David Lehman.
Lehman on the Writer's Life. Timothy Liu.
In Flagrante Delicto.
Lui on Being Caught Red-Handed in the Act of Writing (A Self Interview). Adrian C. Louis.
Indian Summer Gives Way to the Land of the Rising Sun.
Adiós Again, My Blessed Angel of Thunderheads and Urine.
One Man's Opinion: Louis on Madness and Inspiration. Campbell McGrath.
Capitalist Poem #5.
Almond Blossoms, Rock and Roll, The Past Seen as Burning Fields.
The Prose Poem.
McGrath on Creating Your Own Rules. Peter Meinke.
Ode to Good Men Fallen Before Hero Came.
The Poet, Trying to Surprise God.
The Secret Code.
Seven & Seven.
A Meditation on You & Wittgenstein.
Meinke the Potential of Form. Lisel Mueller.
When I am Asked.
The Triumph of Life: Mary Shelley.
Mueller on Persistence. Sharon Olds.
I Go Back to May 1937.
The Missing Boy.
5¢ a Peek.
The Space Heater.
Silence, With Two Texts.
Olds on Rhythm and Revision. Lee Ann Roripaugh.
The Woman Who Loves Insects.
Octopus in the Freezer.
Roripaugh on Revision and Love. Kay Ryan.
The Excluded Animals.
Swept Up Whole.
The Hinge of Spring.
Ryan on Brevity, Teeth, Cartoons, and Sound. Vivian Shipley.
May 17, 1720: Superiour Court Justice Counsels Elizabeth Atwood in His Chambers Before Sentencing Her to Hang.
Number Fifty Two: Winifred Benham, Hartford, Connecticut, October 7, 1697.
Kachino, Russia: Perm 36.
Barbie, Madame Alexander, Bronislawa Wajs.
Shipely on Re-Envisioning the Past. Elizabeth Spires.
Easter Sunday 1955.
Spires on the Potential of Memory. Virgil Suárez.
Psalm of the Boy Cartographer.
Those Lost Souls: Florida Strait Tragedy #1.
Women Who Carry Water From the River.
In the House of White Light.
Suárez on Re-Working Memory. Ron Wallace.
The Facts of Life.
At Chet's Feed & Seed.
The Hell Mural: Panel I.
In the Amish Bakery.
The Friday Night Fights.
Toads, and All This Fiddle: Wallace on Music, Metaphor, and Mirth. Afaa Michael Weaver.
The Picnic, an Homage to Civil Rights.
Sub Shop Girl.
African Jump Ball.
Cities of Experience: Weaver on the Poetry of Self. Miller Williams.
A Poem for Emily.
Ruby Tells All.
After All These Years of Prayer and Pi R Square.
Waking From a Dream.
Love Poem With Toast.
Williams on Structure and Lineation. Appendix A-Poet Biographies. Appendix B-Further Readings. Appendix C-Other Writer Resources. Appendix D-Web Information. Appendix E-Sample Poet Groupings. Appendix F-A Brief Glossary. Appendix G-Creating Your Own Glossary. Credits. General Index. Index of Authors, Titles, and First Lines.