Many people have helped me to shape this collection and bring it to its final form. I would like especially to thank Iris Tillman Hill for her editorial acumen and constant encouragement. I am indebted as well to all of the contributors for their care and their counsel, and in particular to Majorie Perloff, John Shawcross, George Bornstein, and Tim Heninger for various acts of kindness. For his discerning reading of the entire manuscript, I am grateful yet again to Robert Gleckner. My friend and colleague Ted Leinwand read over the introductory essay with characteristic rigor and sensitivity. And my wife Rose Ann has, once more, cheerfully given of her time to help in every stage of the production of this book, from its conception to its final proofreading. Finally, I can scarcely express all that the continual generosity and vast learning of Joe Wittreich and Stuart Curran have meant to me personally and to the evolution of this book. I dedicate Poems in Their Place to them with much admiration, affection, and gratitude.
6 September 1985