An impressive collection of poems which reveal a sympathetic regional sense and a personal, disciplined lyricism. The second part of the book is devoted to poems of Virginia, but the first poems are more intimate in subject matter and expression. There are poems of possession, love, separation and grief set in gentle landscapes. The title poem in which a child and sorrowing man receive on the one hand spring's excitement and on the other spring's release, is one of the loveliest in the group. The poems of the Civil War, however, waver between the drama of the ballad and a nostalgic, personal defeat of a darkened land illuminated here and there with beauty and courage. Promising.