In this annotated edition of Spicer's poem, "one-to-many" HTML links are employed. To read the annotations for a particular item in the poem, move the cursor over that item and click the appropriate link (just as you did in order to read this note).

Spelling of Names
The names of each of the key characters is spelt differently in each source. Thus, in the annotations, I have chosen to keep the spelling of the names as they appear in the sources. This means that a name like "Percival" will appear as "Percivale", "Perceval" and "Parzival", depending on the source of the annotation.

The following is a key to the abbreviated titles that describe each link:

"Overview": This link gives a general summary of what I thought was information pertinent to understanding Spicer's references.

"De Troyes": De Troyes, Chrétien. Arthurian Romances. Trans. William W. Kibler and Carleton W. Carroll. Penguin Classics. London, England; New York, N.Y., USA: Penguin Books, 1991.

"The First Continuation": Anonymous. "The First Continuation of Chrétien De Troye's Perceval" Perceval, the Story of the Grail. Trans. Nigel Bryant. Totowa, N.J.: Rowman & Littlefield, 1982. 98-135.

"The High Book of the Grail": Bryant, Nigel. The High Book of the Grail: A Translation of the Thirteenth Century Romance of Perlesvaus. Totowa, N. J.: Rowman and Littlefield, 1978.

"Malory": Malory, Thomas, and Eugene Vinaver. The Works of Sir Thomas Malory. 2nd. ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1973.

"Poet be Like God": Ellingham, Lewis, and Kevin Killian. Poet Be Like God: Jack Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance. Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press published by University Press of New England, 1998.

"OED": Oxford English Dictionary. 2006. <>

"SGGK": Anonymous. "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript: Pearl, Cleanness, Patience, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Ed. Malcolm Andrew and Ronald Waldron. Exeter Medieval English Texts and Studies. 4th ed. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2002. 207-300.

"Spicer": Spicer, Jack, and Peter Gizzi. The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer. Hanover, NH: Published by University Press of New England for Wesleyan University Press, 1998.

"Tennyson": Tennyson, Alfred Lord, and John Pfordresher. "The Holy Grail" A Variorum Edition of Tennyson's Idylls of the King. New York: Columbia University Press, 1973. 751-819

"von Eschenbach": von Eschebach Wolfram. Parzival. Trans. A. T. Hatto. Harmondsworth, England; New York: Penguin Books, 1980.