James Schuyler (1923–91) was a Pulitzer Prize–winning poet and a central member of the New York School. Freely Espousing, his first full collection of poetry, was published in 1969, when he was forty-six. His other books include The Crystal Lithium (1972), Hymn to Life (1974), the Pulitzer winner The Morning of the Poem (1980), and A Few Days (1985). Schuyler also wrote novels, plays, and art criticism, and he received the Frank O’Hara Prize for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and other honors. His poems in this issue will be included in Other Flowers (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010).