"Every poet has one or two compulsive themes," writes Leonard Nathan. "One of mine is how to make things fit together that don't but should; the other is getting down far enough below a surface to see if something is still worth praising. Over the years and without self-consciously trying. I have moved closer and closer to the human voice in my verse. But I have also tried to keep a quality in it—for lack of a better word, I call it eloquence—that makes it more than conversation. My hope is to be clear, true, and good listening."
Originally published in 1975.
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Table of Contents:
- Frontmatter, pg. i
- Acknowledgments, pg. vi
- Contents, pg. vii
- I. Reflections of a Left-Handed Mirror Twin, pg. 1
- II. Duets for one Loving Voice, pg. 17
- III. Interviews With the Losing Side, pg. 33
- IV. Minority Reports, pg. 49
- V. A Few Occasions to Celebrate, pg. 63