The Preface

some landscape for joan

My vanity

all kinds of roads


looking out

at the blue

black mountains

and so many

houses down

among the floor

the crime

of so many of us


big bold stripe


but its



it’s not how

the dinosaurs



one volume

held what turned

out to

be the window

of my



I keep plunging

you just have

to wait


till it sees

you again


only that

one lens


to be

enough to the father

of the day


and her sound

it’s layed

out so regular

like god


and you just

pick out

your business

and land

on the land


the stripes

the crawling

ants; look what we’ve



the other


darker pony

I’m such

a mess


finally seeing

the end of

it thank

god is always

the mountains

and that’s

why we call

them friends


that’s my limit


and here’s the plane

now and the

town bump

EILEEN MYLES came to New York from Boston in 1974 to be a poet, subsequently a novelist, public talker and art journalist. A Sagittarius, their twenty books include evolution (poems), Afterglow (a dog memoir), a 2017 re-issue of Cool for You, I Must Be Living Twice/new and selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, the Shelley Prize from the PSA, and a poetry award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. In 2016, Myles received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. In 2019 they'll be teaching at NYU and Naropa University and they live in New York and Marfa, TX.