Peter Porter's poetry has long teased the imagination of some and spurred the delight of others. His witty, passionate, and energetic verse has made a home for itself in the minds of readers in Australia and elsewhere. This book touches on some of the wellsprings of Porter's imagination, and traces the direction of its flow. It looks both toward the salient features of poetry at any time, and towards Porter's distinctive possession of these. Steele's book assumes that while Porter's poetry finds its origins in distinctive personal experience, it is everywhere transmuted by the power of an extraordinarily original intelligence. Anyone reading Porter for the first time will find in this book cues and clues for its comprehension and enjoyment. The practiced reader of Porter, whether sympathetic or not, will find new challenges.