During a week in January 1981, poets Allen Grossman and Mark Halliday met for a series of conversations exploring the meanings for us as poets arising from the difference between us- differences of generation and education as well as of temperament and poetic style. The result was Against Our Vanishing , which Charles Altieri called the best in contemporary poetic thinking. The Sighted Singer: Two Works on Poetry for Readers and Writers makes available a revised and significantly expanded version of Against Our Vanishing and includes Grossman's recent treatise Summa Lyrica: A Primer of the Commonplaces in the Speculative Poetics . This combined edition provides a sophisticated yet accessible discussion- across generations- of the fundamental discourse of poetic structure . For students and teachers, for writers and readers, The Sighted Singer is a splendid introduction to both the tradition of poetry and its contemporary practice.