‘Th e Poet, the Anarchist, the Master of Ceremonies’, ‘Swimming in the Tigris, Greenford’, ‘Once Upon a Time in County Cork’, ‘Ana Maria Pacheco’s Journey to the Underworld’, ‘A Ghostly Hum of Parallel Lines’ and ‘Th e Goat that Stood upon the Bull’s Spine’ fi rst appeared in PN Review. ‘Swimming in the Tigris, Greenford’ subsequently appeared as the Afterword to Fawzi Karim’s Plague Lands and Other Poems (Carcanet, 2011). ‘A Metaphysical Shaggy Dog Tale’, ‘Tehran in Stoke Newington’, ‘Th ree Chinese Characters’ and ‘Old Turk, Young Turk’ fi rst appeared in Th e Bow Wow Shop. A shortened version of ‘A Tree Grows in Brixton’ fi rst appeared in Wasafi ri. I am grateful to the editors of the above magazines.
Photographs, if not taken by me, come from various sources. A good many are, of course, in the possession of those about whom I wrote. Th e portrait of Martina Evans is by her daughter Liadáin, the portrait of Rajan Khosa by Bobbie Kociejowski. Th anks to Mirrorpix for permission to reproduce the photograph on p. 31.
Among those I wish to thank for their critical, editorial and practical help are Jarosław Anders, Michael Garrick, Michael Glover, Susan and Emily Johns, Bobbie Kociejowski, Gabriel Levin, Christopher Middleton, Eric Ormsby, Susan Pratt, Philippa Scott, Norm Sibum, Adam Th orpe and, of course, all the subjects of these pieces.
Also I thank Helen Tookey, for her diligence, Michael Schmidt, for his forbearance, and Grant Shipcott, for his imaginative eye.