THE FEAST by Bink Noll


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Extreme contrasts, between bucolic good and decadent evil, between lyric love and blunt sex, prose and poetry, reality and fantasy, mark this second collection of poems by a writer who is at present Resident at Beloit College. The book is divided into three sections. The CaLendar begins in January, and changes through months that are sometimes statements of mood, sometimes observations of real landscapes disfigured by man and primal time; and sometimes strange stories in which latent decay is personified in sexual, and ugly, forms. (August, for example, is a childrapist and murderer; December is a mystic lion who purifies the landscape by consuming an obscene and impotent couple.) The Nude contains several strong, frankly-male and adult poems celebrating sex and its mystic and immediate powers. The Feast includes diverse poems, ranging from a powerful one about an old man (Job) explaining life to young daughters, to some academic poems of praise. A strong, masculine, imaginatively restless and powerful collection, in which mind and language give sinewy shape to old, raw emotions.

Pub Date: Sept. 27th, 1967
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World