The second book of poems by a poet in transit from the ""Love is all"" to the...

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The second book of poems by a poet in transit from the ""Love is all"" to the ""I-wish-I-had-something-better-to-write-about"" period. The bad poems are awful trains filled with tedious metaphors carried to their long-delayed burials somewhere in Plath-land (""You're the mountain, I am climbing you,/ If I fall, you won't be all to blame,/but you'll wait years maybe/ for the next doomed expedition""), but at least half are light, ironic commentaries on the cliches of our time (""Beware of the man who praises liberated women: he is planning to quit his job"") or the conventions (both personal and cultural) of our literature: ""& yet our tongues are dancing/ on the ocean./ Why does every fucking poem/ mention the ocean?""). A germane if not exactly electrifying collection by someone who is at least going in the right direction.

Pub Date: June 14, 1973

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 1973