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Keats’s odes are among my favorite poems ever. As are Neruda’s. So yes, I think my poems are odes, though I really just see those titles as ways of more or less orienting the poem. I’ve never thought about this until now, but I guess you could say that one effect of all the titles, their pervasiveness in the book, might be to once again, as so many other things do, put into question the meaning of the word “for,” which I suppose is one of the great human questions: what is all this for? Why, and for whom, are we doing whatever we are doing?

Matthew Zapruder