It is not easy deciding what to put into a book which represents your past life. In making this selection, I have been helped by the judgements of friends and anthologists, as well as deciding for myself which poems still ‘work’; that is to say, dance off the page. Some attention has also been paid to asking the question, which poems most clearly bear witness to past selves. My warm thanks must go to Lisa O'Connell, who helped to prepare the manuscript, and to Jacqueline Simms, at Oxford and Greenwich, for her continued support as well as for her good advice.
From The Music of Division (1959) until The Emotions are not Skilled Workers (1980), including an earlier Selected Poems (1973), my poems were published by Angus & Robertson; since 1985, by Oxford University Press, in Oxford, New York, and Melbourne.
For permission to reprint new poems, my thanks are due to the editors of The Age, Agenda, Arena, Harvard Review, and Voices.