ROBERT SIEGEL (1939-2012) is the author of ten books of poetry and ﬁction. His poetry includes A Pentecost of Finches, The Waters Under the Earth, In a Pig's Eye, and The Beasts & the Elders. His poetry has won prizes and fellowships from Poetry, Prairie Schooner, America, the Friends of Literature, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His ﬁction includes the award-winning Whalesong trilogy. He has taught at Dartmouth, Princeton, Wheaton, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he was professor emeritus of English.