This book began as a dissertation written under the supervision of Marjorie Perloff. I owe her immeasurably. Her example and her leadership inspire me always. Terry Castle, Albert Gelpi, and Nicholas Jenkins also deserve humble thanks for spending many long hours helping me shape my initial, inchoate intentions into a rough-and-ready argument.
Thankfully, this book no longer much resembles the dissertation I submitted in June 2000. I am grateful to the many poets and scholars that have made the revision process profoundly collaborative, a product of conversations, exchanges, and provocations too numerous for me ever to sort out and acknowledge properly. I would, though, like to single out for special thanks Guy Davenport, Michael Davidson, Tim Dean, Craig Dworkin, Robert Fink, Stephen Fredman, Kornelia Freitag, Alan Golding, Robert von Hallberg, Lyn Hejinian, Jeanne Heuving, Scarlett Higgins, Matthew Hofer, Susan Howe, Meta DuEwa Jones, Lynn Keller, Ming-Qian Ma, James McCorkle, Laura McGrane, Adalaide Morris, Susan Schultz, Susan Stewart, Susan Vanderborg, and Helen Vendler.
I am also grateful to my current and former colleagues at the University of Washington, Seattle. I cannot name them all, but I would be remiss if I did not thank in print Carolyn Allen, Herbert Blau, Marshall Brown, Jessica Burstein, Anne Curzan, Steven Goodreau, Nicholas Halmi, Gillian Harkins, Monika Kaup, Margit Rankin, Chandan Reddy, Leroy Searle, Henry Staten, and Kathleen Woodward.
Hank Lazer and Charles Bernstein, editors of the University of Alabama Press series Modern and Contemporary Poetics, have been most supportive throughout the publication process. The initial, anonymous readers' reports