GREAT INTERIORS, WINES AND
SPIRITS OF THE WORLD was written in Battersea, London in 1973. I wanted
to write a second sonnet sequence, having written 165 MEETING HOUSE
LANE, which was heavily influenced by the later sonnets of Edwin Denby.
To make this one different, I tried elongating the line (Edwin’s
diction is clipped), though reverted from time to time to medium-length
lines and sometimes short ones. It was summer and Ted and I, with baby
Anselm, were renting a room in someone’s apartment, in a brick
tower block near Battersea Park.
Most egregious typos:
Poem beginning with “You’re getting more mellifluous”
Poem beginning with “Will you be so kind as to pay my rent to
Poem beginning with “No space! my body’s lost its knack
Poem beginning with “Among the things for which a woman of honor
Poem beginning with “She is a disputable beauty”