Spring 2020, Volume 50, No. 1

Our 50th Anniversary Issue, ON ANXIETY, is guest edited by Joe Wenderoth. Featuring poems and essays by Mary Ruefle, Graham Foust, Jamil Jan Kochai, Kitty Liang, Immanuel Mifsud, Amie Zimmerman, Lake Angela, Judy Bertelsen, Laura Brun, Eric Burger, Mike Carlson, Curtis D'Costa, Gregory W. Duby, Chris Erickson, Dylan Godwin, William Greene, Brendan Higginbottom, Ernest Hilbert, Patricia Killelea, Don Krieger, Marek Kulig, Renee Lepreau, David Lewitzky, Marit MacArthur, John Martone, Jane Medved, Jason Morphew, Jesse Nissim, Masin Persina, Chen Rong, Leona Sevick, Gary Tapp, Ash Teodorson-Taggart, Linda Umans, Matthew Vollmer, Ruth Ward, Richard Weaver, Joe Wenderoth, marc t. wise, Lily Wong, and Jessica Yuan. Cover art and design by Abigail Frederick.


Fall 2019, Volume 49, No. 2

Poems and essays by Carl Dennis, Donald Revell, Katrina Vandenberg, Adam Clay, Lyllian-Yvonne Bertram, Karen Brennan, James Longenbach, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Tyler Mills, Katharine Coles, Maya Pindyck, Emma Bolden, Melissa Fraterrigo, Geneviève Paiement, Timothy O'Keefe, Leah Poole Osowski, Matthew Vollmer, Rachel Marston, David P. Miller, Merridawn Duckler, Elton Glaser, Naomi Washer, Collin Callahan, Rebecca Weiner Tompkins, Matthew J.C. Clark, Daniel Schonning, and Kelly Weber. Cover art by David Ruhlman.


Spring 2019, Volume 49, No. 1

The spring 2019 issue of Seneca Review includes poems and essays by Carole Maso, Alice Notley, Kazim Ali, Claudia Keelan, G.C. Waldrep, Bin Ramke, Eleni Sikelianos, Donald Revell, Sasha Steensen, Joe Wenderoth, Michael Burkard, Martin Corless-Smith, David Bergman, Kelly Caldwell, Charles O. Hartman, Cindy King, Paul Lindholdt, Mark Mazzoli, Linnea Nelson, Jessica Lind Peterson, Elizabeth Powell, Margie Sarsfield, Jessie Sobey, and Martha Webster. Cover art by Edie Fake.


Fall 2018, Volume 48, No.2

In lieu of a fall 2018 issue, Seneca Review Books has released its debut title, Erica Trabold’s Five Plots, winner of the inaugural Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize.

Five Plots delves into notions of how we are shaped by the land every bit as much as we shape it. This is a book that eschews easy ways of understanding and experiencing the world by investigating place as a malleable psychological and phenomenological force.

“The late poet and essayist Deborah Tall revolutionized the literature of place by changing our understanding of how potently we can be impacted by the conflagrations of landscape, family, and memory. Now, Erica Trabold kick-starts a new book series named for Deborah Tall with a debut that imaginatively probes its own part of the world through humor, history, speculation, and hurt. This is a pinprick of a book with a very generous heart.” —John D’Agata, book prize judge and author of The Lifespan of a Fact and About a Mountain

You can order Five Plots from SPD, Amazon, or The College Store. And you can find more about it here.


Spring 2018, Volume 48, No. 1

The spring 2018 issue of Seneca Review includes poems and essays by Donald Revell, Jaswinder Bolina, Nicole Walker, Khaty Xiong, Megan Kaminski, Ely Shipley, Joshua McKinney, Rachel Abramowitz, Hannah Bishop, Alex Checkovich, Jen Corrigan, Caroline Crew, Olivia Dunn, Megan Ellis, Louise Katz, Brandon Krieg, Derek Pollard, Kent Shaw, Emily Jane Shelton, David Thoreen, Stephen Tuttle, Aynsley Vandenbroucke, Mike White, Danielle Weeks, and Cutter Wood. Cover image by Gabriel Warren.


Fall 2018, Volume 47, No. 2

The fall 2017 issue of Seneca Review includes poems and essays by Nathaniel Mackey, Katharine Coles, Anne Gorrick, Rebecca Lindenberg, Andrew Seguin, Stephen Ackerman, Sarah Bates, Bianca Chang, Louis Bury, Lisa Chen, Eduardo Chirinos, Tamara Dean, Derek Gromadzki, Myronn Hardy, Negesti Kaudo, Matthew Lippman, Paula Mendoza, David Mohan, A. Molotov, Joanna Novak, Anzhelina Polonskaya, Caleb Powell, G.J. Racz, Jennifer Richter & BT Shaw, Dana Roeser, Andrew Wachtel, and David E. Yee.


Spring 2017, Volume 47, No. 1

The spring 2017 issue of Seneca Review includes poems and essays by D.J. Savarese, Dylan Krieger, Julie Marie Wade, Daniel Schonning, Will Redman, James Grabill, Abriana Jetté, George Trakl (trans. Bob Herz), Bob Herz, Dennis James Sweeney, G.C. Waldrep, Shannon Ratliff, Lisa Knopp, Kristin Allio, David Micah Greenberg, Joshua Gottlieb-Miller, and Rebecca Weiner Tompkins.


Fall 2016, Volume 46, No. 2

The fall 2016 issue of Seneca Review is a book of poems, Deborah Tall’s final collection, Afterings. It is a remarkable volume by a poet and nonfiction writer at the peak of her powers. Eavan Boland has called it “an essential collection,” and Mary Ruefle says the poems have “not what is to be expected – hints of cessation – but an overwhelming sense of blossoming.


Spring 2016, Volume 46, No. 1

Bang, Bang, and She’s a Butterfly / 72 poems by 14 Polish Poets


Fall 2015, Volume 45, No. 2

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Fall 2014, We Might As Well Call It The Lyric Essay

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Spring 2014, Beyond Category

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Spring 2013, Volume 43, No. 1

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Spring & Fall 2012, Volume 42, No. 1-2

Recipient of the first Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Prize:
Chris Haven for selections from the "Emmanuel" sequence.
"From The Emmanuel sequence" - Chris Haven

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Spring 2011, Volume 41, No. 2

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Spring 2011, Volume 41, No. 1

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Fall 2010, Volume 40, No. 2


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An Interview with Amy Benson by Jessica Wilson

An Interview with Christine Hume by Blake Bronson-Bartlet


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Fall 2009/Spring 2010: Volume 39, No. 2


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Spring 2009: Volume 39, No. 1


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An Interview with Dan Beachy-Quick by Geoffrey Hilsabeck
An Interview with Timothy Irish Watt by Jessica Wilson




Fall 2008: Volume 38, No. 2


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An Interview with Stephen Kuusisto by Ryan Van Meter
An Interview with Brian Christian by Tom Fleischmann




Spring 2008: Volume 38, No. 1

This issue, in its larger size and new design, features lyric essays by Beth Bosworth, Thalia Field, and others; lyric essay/poems by Christopher Kondrich, Donald Platt, and Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé; and poems by William Aarnes, Matthew Lippman, Elizabeth Rush, and others.


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Fall 2007: Volume 37, No. 2

“On the Lyric Essay” celebrates the Seneca Review’s unique subgenre of essay and honors its long-time editor and Professor of English Deborah Tall by examining the lyric essay’s history and place in the literary tradition with an eclectic collection of poems and essays from noteworthy writers, such as Eula Biss, Wayne Koestenbaum, Stephen Kuusisto ’78 and Joe Wenderoth. This special issue also features photographs from John Pfahl, Toshio Shibata, Anthony Goicolea and others who offer their own take on the essay in images that “manifest a ‘thinking about’ as much as a capturing” says editor and Professor of English David Weiss.

Bringing together a poignant blend of literary and imagistic perspectives, “On the Lyric Essay” offers an understanding and a questioning of lyric essay that offers insights to academics and literary enthusiasts alike. 

Vol. XXXV, No. 2
Fall 2005
Poems and Lyric Essays by David Citino, Landis Everson, Phillip Pardi, Matthew Thorburn and Dara Wier. Translations from the Arabic, German, Greek, Italian and Spanish, including Ingeborg Bachmann and Mahmoud Darwish. Cover art by Katherine Jackson.

Vol. XXXV, No. 1
Spring 2005

New lyric essays by Jason Anthony, Colette LaBouff Atkinson, Eula Biss, Jenny Boully, Christiane Buuck, Catherine Fuerst, Michael Gardner, Greg Glazner, Ander Monson, Kristin Prevallet, Lia Purpura, Zach Savich, Ramsey Scott, Sarah Strickley and Joe Wenderoth. Cover Art by Alice Attie.

Vol. XXXIV, No. 2
Fall 2004

New poems and lyric essays by Laurel Blossom, William Doreski, Joanna Goodman,
Vicki Lindner, Mary Ruefle, D.E. Steward, and others. Translations from Algeria, Italy, Latvia, and Romania. Cover Art by Alice Attie.

Vol. XXXIV, No. 1
Spring 2004

New poems and lyric essays by Reza Baraheni, Katie Ford, Stephen Kuusisto, Ander Monson, Jane Satterfield, Reginald Shepherd, Katherine Soniat, A. Van Jordan, and others. Translations from
China and India. Cover Art by
Nicholas H. Ruth.

Vol. XXXIII, No. 2 Fall 2003 Poems and Lyric Essays by Jesse Lee Kercheval, Joanna Klink, Wayne Koestenbaum, Dionisio D. Martinez, Alicia Ostriker, Valerie Wohlfeld, and others. Translations from the Chinese and French. Cover Art by Phillia Yi.

Vol. XXXIII, No. 1 Spring 2003  New poems and lyric essays by Cal Bedient, Greg Glasner, Christine Hume, Mekeel McBride, and others. Translations from the Chinese, Hebrew and Spanish. Cover Art by Laura Fayer.

Vol. XXXII, No. 2 Fall 2002 New poems and lyric essays by Melissa Green, John Kinsella, Stephen Sandy, Janet Sylvester, Brian Swann, Joe Wenderoth, and others. Translations from the French, Polish, and Turkish. Cover Art by Laura Fayer.

Vol. XXXII, No. 1, Spring 2002 New Poems and Lyric Essays by Nin Andrews, James Galvin, Amy Gerstler, David Huddle, Alyce Miller, Debra Nystrom, Rosanna Warren, and others. Excerpts from a collaboration by Rikki Ducornet, Amy England, and Catherine Kaspar. Cover art by Victoria Romanoff.

Vol. XXXI, No. 2, Fall 2001 New Poems and Lyric Essays by Bernard Cooper, Richard Frost, Patricia Goedicke, Rachel Hadas, Chris Offutt, Mary Ruefle, Richard Shelton, and others. Translations from Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Portugal, and Spain. Cover art by Victoria Romanoff

Vol. XXXI, No. 1. Poems and lyric essays by Coleman Barks, Alfred Corn, Jorie Graham, Timothy Liu, Carl Phillips, Michael J. Rosen, and others. Translations from Cuba, Korea, Russia, and Turkey. Cover art by Katie Merz.

Vol. XXX, No. 2. Poems by Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Gabriel Gudding, Alicia Ostriker, Reginald Sheperd, Stephanie Strickland, Dara Wier, and others. Lyric essays by Fanny Howe, Richard Kostelanetz, and others. Translations from Hungary, Romaina, and Sweden.

Vol. XXX, No. 1. 30th Anniversary Issue: "The Lyric Essay." Diane Ackerman, Marcia Aldrich, Maxine Chernoff, Killarney Clary, Stephen Dunn, Steven Harvey, Susan Holahan, Mark Jarman, Louis Jenkins, Judith Kitchen, Brian Lennon, Phillip Lopate, Barry Lopez, Bia Lowe, Ben Marcus, Dionisio D. Martí nez, Carole Maso, Molly McQuade, Ben Miller, Brenda Miller, Jane Miller, Honor Moore, Mary Oliver, Richard Selzer, David Shields, Rosmarie Waldrop, David Weiss, Joe Wenderoth, Paul West, Max Winter, and John Yau.

Vol. XXIX, No. 2. Jim Crenner, Amy Gerstler, Christopher Merrill, Peter Sacks, Laurie Sheck, James Tate, and others. Translations from the Greek and Persian.

Vol. XXIX, No. 1. Wendy Bishop, Mairéad Byrne, Jacqueline Osherow, Liz Rosenberg, Kevin Young, and others. Translations of Umberto Saba, Ales Debeljak, and 3 Israeli Poets. Albert Goldbarth's "Walt Whitman's America."

Vol. XXVIII, No. 2. Hayden Carruth, W.S. Merwin, Eliot Weinberger, Alexander Theroux, Alyce Miller, Jane Satterfield, and more.

Vol. XXVIII, No. 1. Lyric Essays by Russell Edson, Denis Johnson, Judith Kitchen, Honor Moore, Natalia Rachel Singer. Poems by Margaret Gibson, Timothy Liu, Reg Saner, and others. Translations from Romania and Peru.

Vol.XXVII, No. 2. Feature: The Lyric Essay. Work by Anne Carson, Wayne Koestenbaum, David Shields, Joe Wenderoth, and Terry Tempest Williams. Poems by L.L. Harper, A. Van Jordan, Neil Fischer, and others. Translations of Pedro Shimose.


Vol. XXVII, No.1. Feature: Israeli Women's Poetry, translated by Tsipi Keller and introduced by Yael S. Feldman. Poems by Ricardo Pau-Llosa, Dionisio D. Martinez, Reginald Shepherd, Robert Hill Long, Angela Shaw.

Vol. XXVI, No.2. Poems by William Dickey, Colette lnez, Gerard Malanga, Jack Marshall. Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni and Vietnamese poet Nguyen Quang Thieu.

Vol. XXVI, No.1. An interview with and poems by Heather McHugh. Feature on contemporary Albanian poetry translated and introduced by Henry Israeli. Poems by Albert Goldbarth, Philip Dacey, Margaret Gibson, Cleopatra Mathis.

Vol. XXV, No.2. Poems by Denise Levertov, Cornelius Eady, Alicia Ostriker, Reginald Shepherd, Carole Simmons Oles, Joan Aleshire, Len Roberts, Laurie Sheck. Translations from the French, Hebrew, Portuguese, and Nepali

Vol. XXV, No.1.A 25th Anniversary Retrospective. The best poems from the first 25 years of Seneca Review.

Vol. XXIV, No.2. Feature: Jorie Graham - a conversation about Materialism and new poems. Poems by Lisel Mueller, Mekeel McBride, Caroline Finkelstein, Goran Tomic , and Ben Howard. Translations from the Hungarian, Croatian, Catalan, and Spanish.

Vol. XXIV, No.1. Poems by Eavan Boland, Richard Frost, Susan Holahan, Yusef Komunyakaa, Pablo Medina, Chard de Niord, Jacqueline Osherow. Translations of Apollinaire, Celan, and Mistral.

Vol. XXIII, Nos. 1 and 2. A special double issue featuring new voices in Irish women's poetry, with an introduction by Eavan Boland, and Irish prison poems, with an introduction by Brian Campbell. Translations of Borges, Juan Gelman, Olga Orozco, Jose' Antonio Mazzotti, Eugenio de Andrade, Kirsti Simonsuuri, and Bei Dao.

Vol. XXII, No.2. Poems by Aga Shahid Ali, Robin Behn, Marianne Boruch, Cornelius Eady, Bill HoIm, Dionisio D. Martinez, Rosanna Warren. Translations from the Polish, Bulgarian and Swedish.

Vol. XXII, No.1. Poems by Ellen Bryant Voigt, Robert Morgan, Diane Glancy, Lyn Lifshin, Christopher Buckley, Patricia Goedicke. Translations from the Russian, French, and Spanish. Irish poet Eoghan MacCormaic.

Vol. XXI, No.2. A Special Issue: Taking Note: From Poets' Notebooks. Excerpts from the notebooks of 32 contemporary American poets.

Vol. XXI, No.1. Poems by Robert Pack, T. Alan Broughton, Linda McCarriston, William Dickey, Dionisio D. Martinez. William Matthews' translations of Martial. Essay by Stephen Kuusisto, "Robert Bly's Iron John and the New 'Laurentian' Man."

Vol. XX, No.2. Poems by Eleanor Ross Taylor, Mekeel McBride, Liz Rosenberg, David Baker, Marilyn Chin. Essay by Stephen Dunn.

Vol. XX, No.1. Special 20th anniversary issue guest-edited by David Weiss: In the Act: Essays on the Poetry of Hayden Carruth, including an interview with Carruth. Essays by Philip Booth,Wendell Berry, Geof Hewitt, W.S. Dipiero, David Rivard, Maxine Kumin, Anthony Robbins, Stephen Kuusisto, Sam Hamill, William Mathews, Geoffrey Gardner, Carolyn Kizer, David Budbill, and David Weiss.

Vol. XIX, No.2. Feature: Contemporary Polish Poetry - Szymborska, Ficowski, and others, and an Interview with Stanislaw Baranczak. Poems by Denise Levertov, Gerald Early, Carol Frost, Diane Glancy, Robert Hill Long. Translations of Jules Supervielle, Max Jacob, Mihai Eminiescu, and Angel Gonzalez.

Vol. XIX, No.1. Poems by Hayden Carruth, William Matthews, Patricia Goedicke, T. Alan Broughton, Sharon Bryan, Stephen Kuusisto. Translations of Yannis Ritsos, Gonzalo Rojas, Raul Barrientos, and Galician-Portuguese troubadour poetry.

Vol. XVIII, No.2. Poems by Cornelius Eady, Richard Frost, Brooks Haxton, Suzanne Paolo, Christopher Merrill, Nuala Archer.

Vol. XVIII, No.1. Poems by Eleanor Ross Taylor, Robert Pack, Carl Dennis, Molly Peacock. Essay by Stephen Kuusisto on Nanao Sakaki.

Vol. XVII, No.1. Poems by Gregory Orr, Mekeel McBride, Donald Finkel, Cleopatra Mathis, Eric Pankey. Essay by Mary Karr, "Missing Larkin."

Vol. XVI, No.2. Feature: David St. John - new poems and an interview. Poems by Seamus Heaney, Rita Dove, Jared Carter. W.S. Merwin's translations of Roberto Juarroz.

Vol. XVI, No.1. International Feature: Translations from the Catalan lands, the Middle East, and Asia. Irish poet Eavan Boland.

Vol. XV, No.2. Guest-edited by Stephen Dobyns. Poems and an interview with Thomas Lux. Poems by Mary Karr, Ellen Bryant Voigt, C.K. Williams, Ray Carver, Bill Knott, Steve Orlen, Janet Sylvester, Debra Nystrom, Stuart Dischell.

Vol. XIV, No.2. Feature: Poems and an interview with Stephen Dunn. Poems by Christopher Buckley, Linda Gregerson, Laurie Sheck, Debra Nystrom, Michael J. Rosen. Essays on Ellen Bryant Voigt and Charles Wright.

Vol. XIV, No.1. Translations of Rilke, Akhmatova, and from classical and contemporaryArabic poetry. Poems by Rosanna Warren, Carol Frost, Jane Kenyon, Eric Pankey, Walter McDonald, Luis Omar Salinas.

Vol. XIII, No.2. Feature: Poems and an interview with Andrew Harvey. Poems by Heather McHugh, David St. John, Stephen Dunn, Ann Lauterbach, Hilda Morley. Essays by Dave Smith and Jonathan Holden.

Vol. XIII, No.1. Guest edited by Roger Weingarten. Essays by William Hathaway, Edward Hirsch, Richard Howard, William Meredith, Jane Shore, Pamela Stewart, Richard Tillinghast, and Leslie UlIman, introducing the work of younger poets.

Vol. XII, Nos. 1 and 2. A special double issue of translations. Poems by Sappho, Rilke, Goethe, Ritsos, Mandelstam, Horace, Dante, Char, Nerval, Laforgue, Prevert, Desnos, Lorca, Nowak, Pasolini, Montale, and many more.

Vol. XI, No.2. Donald Hall, "The Poetry Notebook." Poems by Donald Finkel, Roger Weingarten, Clayton Eshleman.

Vol. X, No.2 and Vol. Xl, No.1. Double issue with special section on new French poetry and poems by Donald Hall, Albert Goldbarth, X.J. Kennedy, Stuart Dybek, Michael Benedikt, Gregory Orr.

Vol. X, No.1. Special Young Poets Anthology Issue: Steve Orlen, Roberta Spear, Debora Gregor, Stephen Shu Ning Liu, Mary Burritt, Rush Rankin, Alane Rollings.

Vol. VIII, No.2. Poems by George Hitchcock, Charles Wright, Norman Dubie; prose by David St. John.

Vol. VIII, No.1. Poems by Charles Simic, W.D. Snodgrass, David Ignatow, Bill Knott, Debora Greger, Roger Weingarten; interview with Charles Simic.

Vol. VII, No.2. Poems by W.D. Snodgrass, Marvin Bell, Albert Goldbarth, Gary Soto, Tom Lux, David St. John, Laura Jensen; prose by Norman Dubie, Monroe Lerner; interview with W.D. Snodgrass.

Vol. VII, No.1. Poems by Russell Edson, Michael Benedikt, Tess Gallagher, Norman Dubie, Pamela Stewart; translations of Yannis Ritsos, Pablo Neruda, Dano Agudelo, Carlos Drummond De Andrade; interview with Russell Edson.

Vol. VI, No.2. Poems by Robert Bly, Jon Anderson, Jack Meyers, Vern Rutsala, Ross Talarico; translations of Bohdan Antonych, Shen Chou, Gunter Grass.

Vol. VI, No.1. Poems by James Tate, Jeff Silva; fiction by Jerry Bumpus, Brian Swann; translations of Paul Eluard, Pierre Reverdy, Paul Celan, George Trakl.

Vol. V, No.2. Poems by Joyce Carol Oates, Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, John Engman; prose by E.M. Broner; translations of Yap-Yum, Neruda, Horace

Vol. V, No.1. Poems by Mark Halperin, Colette lnez, Greg Kuzma, Carol Frost, Marge Piercy; translations of Rilke, Mayakovsky, Cocteau, Desnos, Max Jacob.

Vol. IV, No.1. Poems by Erica Jong, Heather McHugh, Gregory Orr, James Tate; prose by Raymond Carver; translations of Octavio Paz, Yu-Hsuan-Chi, Johannes Bobrowski.

Vol. III, No.2. Poems by Russell Edson, Jack Anderson, and Peter Wild; prose by Jack Anderson and Russell Edson; translations of Manuel Duran, Takamura, Paul Celan, and Neruda.

Vol. II, No.2. Poems by W.S. Merwin, Charles Wright, Ray Young Bear, William Stafford, David Wagoner, David Ray, and David Ignatow; prose by Henry Roth and Robert Ward; translations of Kotara Takamura.

Vol. II, No.1. Poems by Donald Justice, Robert Mezey, Lucien Stryk, Michael Burkhard, and Greg Kuzma; prose by Lawrence Dunning; translations of Cesar Vallejo, Paul Eluard, Robert Desnos, and Pablo Neruda; an interview with Donald Justice.

Vol. I, No.2. Poems by Charles Simic, James Tate, Colette lnez, Susan Fromberg Schaeffer; prose by Charles Aukema, "Supper with Lindsey," a play by Henry Roth; translations of Vasko Popa.

Vol. I, No.1. Poems by Robert Bly, Stephen Berg, David Ignatow, Donald Justice, and William Matthews; prose by W.S. Merwin, R.V. Cassill.



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