By Joseph McElroy
An uninvited visitor, coming into the empty ny house of a guy recognized to intimates as "Dom," proceeds to write down for his absent host a curious confession. Its shut debts of friendship considering boyhood with males absolutely unknown to Dom and definitely to one another is interleaved with the tale of Dom himself.
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Close friend to numerous American poets, includ- ing Ted Berrigan and Robert Creeley, Raworth has continued to have an influence on both American and British poetry through his extensive reading tours. Like his poetry, Raworth's performances are marked by quick and mercurial mental shifts. As Colin MacCabe has written in The Times Literary Supplement of Raworth's writing: "Raworth's minimal line, with rarely more than four words and little punctuation, is crucially important to the process of unfreezing the frame, of cutting across the certainties of eye and larynx.
He was awarded his Master's Degree in the Theory and Practice of Literary Translation in 1970. Over the next two years he visited the United States and Canada several times on reading tours, and from the autumn of t972 until L977 he lived in the United States (and briefly in Mexico), teaching at Bowling Green State University, Northeastern Illinois University, and the University of Texas. Since the end of 1977 he has lived with his wife, Margaret Valaire Murphy, and their five children in Cambridge, England.
We continue to read poetry within a culture which gives central importance to literary tradition, and to recognizable divisions between writers and readers.
Ancient History: A Paraphase by Joseph McElroy