A few of these 28 brief offerings have appeared in periodicals, but most are ""New Poems"" from a favorite poet, perhaps best known for her anthologies on sports (Sprints and Distances, 1965). Here, she brings a fresh, discerning eye to weather and times of day (""Noon"": ""The summer sun/is at its summit/moving toward/its nightly plummet""), offering quizzical, deftly phrased observations on related subjects, such as the ocean or a ""Country Clothesline"" snapping in the wind, and poking affectionate fun at language (""Daily Violence"": ""Dawn cracked;/the sun stole through...Night fell./The clock struck midnight""). Cook's soft, decorative art, deployed against white, Peter Parnall-style, provides a pleasant backdrop without trying to steal the show. Nice.
Pub Date: Sept. 8, 1992
Page Count: 34
Publisher: Wordsong/Boyds Mills--dist. by St. Martin's