CITY IN ALL DIRECTIONS by Arnold-Ed. Adoff
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CITY IN ALL DIRECTIONS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The names alone are impressive, the selections themselves are first-rate -- varied in technique and tenor, threaded with signal phrases and images. From current adult lists: Lowell, Berrigan and Bly; Ferlinghetti and Corso; Gwendolyn Brooks and Victor Hernandez Cruz; Ron McKuen and Leonard Cohen. They could be anywhere: a numbers racket ritual (Etheridge Knight); finding a motorcycle at age fifteen (William Stafford); the sound of ""a roofleak whucking in a pail"" (Galway Kinnell). Others focus on New York: under the West Side Highway where ""an ashcan bonfire/ warms its six Negro hands"" (Philip Booth); uptown with Langston Hughes where ""Lenox Avenue/ by daylight/ runs to dive in the Park/ but faster. . ./ faster. . ./ after dark""; LeRoi Jones just looking out the window: ""It's like being chained to some dead actress;/ & she keeps trying to tell you something/ horribly maudlin."" From around the world: Rilke, Yevtushenko, Lorca, Prevert, and Nicanor Parra. Right next door, ""The Man in the Ocelot Suit"": ""When it is night,/ I leap onto our neighbor's/ Roof and devour their dreams."" In all directions it pokes and grabs at soot and streets and spring -- come in and get some fresh air.

Pub Date: Oct. 6th, 1969
Publisher: Macmillan