In Louise Townsend Nicholl's Life is the Flesh we have a slim volume of a slightly metaphysical verse. Time, space, geometry...

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LIFE IS THE FLESH; COLLECTED POEMS

In Louise Townsend Nicholl's Life is the Flesh we have a slim volume of a slightly metaphysical verse. Time, space, geometry and the world are her highly sublimated interests. The forms are classified and quite deftly compressed. This is more skillful poetry as an art than is the volume reviewed below. But the total impression is unfortunately of something affected and contrived -- rather than rare and precious, as was obviously intended. The book leaves the reading craving a drop of spontaneity to mellow the dry whole. The title poem has more vitality than most. Miss Nicholl has a small but devoted following in the poetry societies to which this work will mainly be limited. The whole edition numbers only 400 copies........; Collected Poems by Sister M. Madeleva show the work of a mediocre mystic. Obviously the output of a woman confined in a Catholic convent, they display interest in the usual church symbols, in a certain mediaeval set of images and gently confuse earthly and divine love. There is no passion in them, as in the work of great mystics. They are not skillfully written as poetry, but they have a certain mild and innocuous charm. The cutlets for this volume would not be among poetry lovers, but among devout Catholics and through church stores and organizations.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1947

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Publisher: Dutton; Macmillan

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1947