selections from Stephens's fi rst two books, The Sum (1958) and Between
Matter and Principle (1963). The selections are taken mostly from his own
choices for republication in In Plain Air (1982), and from an unpublished
manuscript he compiled in the late 1990's, titled Late in the Day.
its long narrative form sets it apart. Also, because Part I of Goodbye Matili-
ja (1992) is made up of poems that appeared in Water Among the Stones
(1987), the Water poems come fi rst, followed by Part II of Goodbye, then
the Stubble Burning poems that were published in the interim (1988).
originally "Four Studies," including "An early spring day ..." from The
White Boat (1995). The Stubble Burning chapbook included the Sopho-
cles lines in Away from the Road, a number of poems in The White Boat
("Martial of Bilbilis," "Old Man Afraid," "The Clubman," "The Morn-
ing of Glenn Gould's Funeral," "So-and-so Reassesses Yeats," "Professor
Bath's Talk on Shakespeare's Sonnets," "Geron the Heron"), and "To My
Matilija" in Water Among the Stones. In Plain Air included selections from
Tree Meditation and Others (1970), Between Matter and Principle, and The
Sum. And Tree Meditation included versions of The Heat Lightning poems
(1967), except for "Second Evening" and "Unattended."
except for omissions from The Heat Lightning, a very limited edition,
when selections were republished in Tree Meditation. From all the vari-
ants, I have chosen what seemed to me the best versions, favoring the
originals when in doubt. In some poems, I accepted certain revisions but