The completion of an eighth book of poetry entitled Paris, which consists of seventy-five poems and runs to ninety-five pages in manuscript. All the poems are set in the City of Paris and are concerned with the culture, history and art of the city. Paris is also concerned with the persona's reaction to the city and the perception of individuals such as Julien Green, Arthur Rimbaud, Simone de Beauvoir, Emest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Guillaume Apollinaire, Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Proust and others who have found Paris a source of reflection and inspiration. Time and one's place in it and one's ability or inability to cope with it are motifs that run throughout the work. The persona is a constant voice that tries to understand the human condition of the city, its failures and its triumphs, not in terms of philosophical abstraction but through highly specific images emanating from the city itself and from the works and lives of artists who have known both the beauty and the oppression of Paris. The poems are in various forms, including Alexandrines, blank verse, cyhydedd fer, couplets, sestets, rime royals, madrigals, villanelles, rondeaux, sonnets and so on. The varied forms, as well as the diverse subject matter of the poems, help to suggest the multicultural nature of a city that has been a source of creative endeavor since the Middle Ages. Completed in mid-April, the manuscript is due for spring 1997 publication by the University of Illinois Press. Two other projects were begun and completed during the residency: (1) the translation from German into English of a forty-page lyrical prose work entitled Medea, A Monologue by the Munich poet Dagmar Nick; and (2) the copy-editing of the final version of an autobiography entitled On Native Ground: Memoirs and Impressions, a long work including individual selections from the eight books of poetry and narrative drawn from the writer's career as a poet, editor, translator, scholar and traveler, which is scheduled for publication in the spring of 1997 by the University of Oklahoma Press.