William Heyen is one of our most prolific, honored and necessary poets. Since 1968, Heyen has kept an almost daily journal - a restless chronicle of creativity and the stuff of life. In this first volume of Heyen's collected journal, youthful ambition and drive rub up against the demands and pleasures of family life, professional duties and sports scores. Additionally, the journal provides an interesting perspective on the literary scene of the late 60s and the decade of the 70s - magazines and books and writers weave in and out of these entries. Heyen's journals are essential - and compulsive - reading for anyone interested in the active pursuit of authenticity and satisfaction.