This is a slight entertainment about a New England college with no ivy, certainly no moss, and a pleasantly advanced stance. It could, it must, be Bennington and the sweet birds are not the girls with their ""pink knees"" in their Bermuda shorts. Actually it is about the first year spent there by Daisy Lerner (she has twenty two years and one short story behind her) and about her exposure to various members of the faculty and particularly its luminary, Poet in Residence George Auerbach. He's separated; he's attractive; he's fortyish; and he tells her in the beginning ""I'll impale you. You'll suffer,"" and at the end, ""I was never your lover-- only your first big achievement."" The novel, without any of the winterkill of Memsahib McCarthy's Oasis, touches on and touches off the life there in an effortless and funny fashion. It's nice.