Responding to a question, Spicer offers an "answer" about Tony's identity:
The proper names in the thing are simply a kind of disturbance which I often use. I guess it's "I" rather than the poems because it's sort of the insistence of the absolutely immediate which has nothing to do with anything, and you put that in and then you get all of the immediate out othe poem and you can go back to the poem. I've always found it 's a very good thing to put in these immediate things whih are in your mind and then just ignore them. It's like the "tap tap tap" the branches make in Finnegans Wake. (58)From The House that Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer. Edited by Peter Gizzi.