Mr. Rella is not only a poet, but a playwright (three plays in blank verse and a TV play for CBS), and has also written...

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SPRING SONG ON AN OLD THEME

Mr. Rella is not only a poet, but a playwright (three plays in blank verse and a TV play for CBS), and has also written non-fiction books. These other interests are reflected in this present volume of poetry. It is conversational in tone, poetry made to be read aloud; and also somewhat overwhelming in the sheer energy and the great rambling length of most of the poems. Sex, death, and the large unknowns of the universe are discussed, or rather plunged into as subjects, with an unhesitating seriousness and vigor, in a tumble of ideas and images, at a dizzying but exhilarating pace. No spare, cool, allusive mysteries for Mr. Rella; he conveys his emotions in a whirlwind of words, often most effectively. The title poem (seven pages long) is particularly catchy; an account of the picaresque human spirit which spins through dialogues and scenes at Jet-propelled speed, and would make a fine, offbeat play.

Pub Date: May 9, 1966

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Publisher: Trident

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1966