This is a book of conversations: spoken, unspoken, and yet-to-be-spoken conversations between (and within) analysts and their patients; imaginary and real conversations (the imaginary ones, such as dreaming and reverie, being often the most real); wordless conversations between poets and the poems they make, and between poems and the readers they make; conversations between feelings and thoughts, and between thoughts and words; conversations between the inexpressible and the expressible, a distance mediated by metaphor, by the sounds and cadences of words and sentences, and by images and gestures (verbal and otherwise); and, of course, the conversation between us, reader and writer, a conversation that derives life from all of the other conversations, and imparts life to them.