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The Paris Review No. 57, Spring 1974

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“I have told people I am a medieval historian when asked what I do. It freezes conversation. If one tells them one’s a poet, one gets these odd looks”: W. H. Auden on the Art of Poetry.

Stories by Edmundo Desnoes, Grace Paley, and Christina Stead. Poems by Richard Frost and W. S. Merwin.

Table of Contents


Edmundo Desnoes, An Adventure in the Tropics

Grace Paley, The Little Girl

Christina Stead, A View of the Homestead

Paul West, Tan Salaam

Joy Williams, A Story About Friends


W. H. Auden, The Art of Poetry No. 17  Full Text

Christopher Isherwood, The Art of Fiction No. 49  Full Text


Jack Anderson, Four Poems

Gevorg Emin, Two Poems

Richard Frost, The Tyger

Cynthia Genser, Two Poems

Geof Hewitt, Liquids

Jill Hoffman, The Three Pigs

David Ignatow, Three Poems

David Kelly, Two Poems

Greg Kuzma, Three Poems

W. S. Merwin, A Miser

Pablo Neruda, Six Poems

Stephen Sossaman, The My Tho Laundry

Ricardo da Silveira Lobo Sternberg, Song of a Crow, Dying

Brian Swann, Two Poems

Elena Wilkinson, After the Loss of a Limb


George Plimpton, Notice


Red Grooms, Portfolio