SAUL BELLOW extracts from Humboldt’s Gift. Copyright © 1973, 1974, 1975 by Saul Bellow. Reprinted by permission of The Alison Press in association with Seeker & Warburg and Viking Penguin, Inc.

E. E. CUMMINGS extract from ‘Poem or Beauty Hurts Mr. Vinal’. From Poems by E.E. Cummings, copyright 1938-1940, 1944-1962 by E. E. Cummings. Copyright © 1961, 1963, 1968 by Marion Morehouse Cummings. Reprinted by permission of Granada Publishing Limited, Liveright Publishing Corporation and W. W. Norton and Company, Inc.

JAMES DICKEY ‘The Sheep Child’. Copyright © 1966 by James Dickey. Reprinted from Poems 1957-1967 by permission of James Dickey and Wesleyan University Press.

WILLIAM FAULKNER extract from As I Lay Dying. Copyright © 1930 by the Estate of William Faulkner. Reprinted by kind permission of Curtis Brown Ltd and Random House.

KENNETH FEARING ‘Dirge’ from Collected Poems, Random House, 1940. Reprinted by permission of Russell & Volkening.

JOHN FORBES ‘TV’ from Tropical Skiing by John Forbes, Poets of the Month, Series 1. Reprinted by permission of Angus & Robertson Publishers.

ROBERT HORAN ‘Suppose We Kill a King’ from A Beginning by Robert Horan, 1948. Reprinted by permission of Yale University Press.

RAE DESMOND JONES ‘The Front Window’ from Shakti, Makar, 1977, by Rae Desmond Jones. Reprinted by permission of Rae Desmond Jones and Makar Press.

ROBERT Lowell ‘Fetus’ from Day by Day by Robert Lowell. Copyright © 1975, 1976, 1977 by Robert Lowell. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc. and Faber and Faber.

ARCHIBALD MACLEISH ‘You, Andrew Marvell’ from New and Collected Poems 1917-1976 by Archibald Macleish. Copyright © 1976 by Archibald Macleish. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company.

J. B. D. MILLER extract from ‘Godzone: Other Places’, Meanjin (June, 1967). Reprinted by permission of Meanjin.

FRANK O’HARA ‘Tonight at the Versailles, or Another Card Another Cabaret’ from The Collected Poems of Frank O’Hara edited by Donald Allen. Copyright 1950, 1952, 1954. Copyright © 1955, 1956, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1971 by Maureen Granville-Smith, Administratrix of the Estate of Frank O’Hara. Reprinted by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.

H. PHELPS PUTNAM ‘Hasbrouck and The Rose’ from The Collected Poems of H. Phelps Putnam edited by Charles Walker. Copyright © 1971 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc.