The Neighbor is a book of portraits and portraiture. Like the eccentric and mysteriously heroic citizens of E. A. Robinson's Tilbury Town, Collier's figures haunt a startlingly familiar neighborhood. In clear, rich language, Collier reveals the complexities that emerge from his characters' seemingly uneventful lives.
Michael Collier is director of the creative writing program at the University of Maryland and the author of seven collections of poetry, including An Individual History, a finalist for the Poet's Prize, and The Ledge, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
Acknowledgments Archimedes The Secretary Vietnam Breughel The Temple of Light, 1972 Mission Boulevard The Steam Engine 2212 West Flower Street The House of Being Frohlichkeit The Raccoon The Barber Bread Route The Magician Robert Wilson The Parish Fiesta Whistler The Rancher The Fairy Tale Baton Ricordo: Citta del Vaticano Drill The Welder Pictures Drawn by Atomic Bomb Survivors Letter from Mrs. C. G. Vogt The French Horn The Water Dream