People try with an increasing despair to live, and to come to something, some place, or person. They want an island in which the world will be at last a lace circumscribed by visible horizons."" The place here is a dolce far niente ittle Spanish village with a few straggling expatriates; the people- John, a non-iting writer, and his wife Joan, and their children. John and Joan have been rawing apart for some time and his is a fumbling (a favored word here) attempt to ake some contact with her. There are scenes and occasional incidents, ending with oan's sudden operation and finally the fear that he has lost her for good. But for the most part this is an extended mood piece, of lives in suspension or more properly stasis, intercepted by recognitions of guilt and self-hatred. As such it is very successful and Mr. Creeley's highly individual, highly personal style, inlute as it is, is not only sui generis but appropriate to the effectiveness of a somewhat private story of failure.