DAVID IGNATOW is among the most widely known of living American poets. His work has appeared in many journals and in four earlier books--most recently, Say Pardon and Figures of the Human. His honors include and award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters "for a lifetime of creative effort," two Guggenheim fellowships. Ignatow received both the Shelley Memorial Award (1966) and the Frost Medal (1992). He has been poet in residence at the universities of Kentucky and Kansas, and has taught at the New School, Southampton College, and Columbia. In the autumn of 1967 he was named lecturer in English at Vassar.