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"In my early poems, like 'Moving,' time is like a lens opening and slicing shut. If I imagined something emblematic, in significant posture, I could get a good picture. The method was good for the bases loaded, 3-and-0, none out; the strain on the pitcher's face tells all. But little of life organizes itself into symbolic moments. And symbolic moments may distort as much as they summarize; indeed, they may distort by summarizing. There are after all times when a pitcher has to live with having lost, as I would not allow myself to do when I was young, bending my private world as easily as water seems to bend light."
The essays in this collection range in subject from poetry to travel to jazz and reveal William Matthews's fascination with the relationship between language and emotional life.
Long Shadows 1
Dull Subjects 20
Anita O'Day and I 38
Richard Hugo and Detective Fiction 39
Merida, 1969 51
On Stanley Plumly's Summer Celestial 55
Dishonesty and Bad Manners 65
Cameo Roles 70
Horatian Hecht 73
Moving Around 89
On the Tennis Court at Night 100
Personal and Impersonal 109
Billie Holiday and Lester Young on "Me, Myself, and I" 113
The Continuity of James Wright's Poems 117
Wagoner, Hugo, and Levine 144
A Poet's Alphabet 165