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The Paris Review No. 72, Winter 1977

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“A man like Sartre can get a whole book out of a proposition which is, on the face of it, untrue”: Richard Wilbur on the Art of Poetry.

Stories by Stephen Minot, Carolyn Osborne, and Joy Williams. Poems by Billy Collins, Gene Frumkin, and Penelope Gilliatt.

Table of Contents


T. Coraghessan Boyle, The Second Swimming

Stephen Minot, Reading the News

Carolyn Osborne, Wildflowers I Have Known

David Polk, A Silent Movie

Diane Vreuls, A Town Like Kansas

Joy Williams, The Yard Boy


Richard Wilbur, The Art of Poetry No. 22  Full Text


Susan Astor, Two Poems

Peter Carnahan, Getting Somewhere, Benching In, Suburban Station, Philadelphia

Gordon Carrega, Uncle

William Leo Coakley, The Marriage of Dionysus and Apollo

Billy Collins, Two Poems

Norman Dubie, The Obituaries of the Caryatids

Philip Fried, Two Poems

Gene Frumkin, Correlating a Woman

Brendan Galvin, Tar

Penelope Gilliatt, Two Poems

Paul Hall, Approximate Poem

William Harrold, Clusters the Awaiting Years Can Handle

Jim Henson, Three Poems

Michael Hogan, The Terrace, St. Tropez

Diana Der Hovanessian, The Bottomless Eye

T. R. Hummer, Three Poems

David Ignatow, Eight Poems

Jane Kenyon, Two Poems

Abigail Luttinger, Two Poems

Dan Masterson, Whatever You Say, Henry

John Pijewski, Hunger

Holly Prado, Lemon Seed

Ross Shideler, What My Father Knows

Naomi Shihab, Missing the Boat

Kathleen Spivack, I Want to Tell You

David Wagoner, The Junior High School Band Concert

Claire Nicolas White, Two Poems

Paul Zweig, Two Bears


Joe Brainard, Bird House Interior