COUNTERMOVES by Charles Edward Eaton


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A fourth, very slim book of poetry by a young Southern poet is in the Abelard Poets Series. Mr. Eaton's form is generally traditional and his choice of words and phrasing is also poetically familiar. The subjects, however, are generally such obscure states of mind or persception, so tightly presented with rarely even the help of some simple lyric quality to make them accessible, that some of them escape meaning even on re-reading. At best, however, this complex, intellectual poetry does repay study; a difficult, rather removed viewpoint, and even some odd insights and striking phrases, become clearer and even moving. Here and there, too, there are poems which truly and purely speak for themselves, ideas and emotions which no longer half cancel each other from perhaps trying to say too much at once. Not a book for the casual poetry reader, but interesting where it succeeds in its attempt to apparently ""Countermove"" traditional styles and concepts against modern image and ideas.

Pub Date: Feb. 14th, 1962
Publisher: Abelard-Schuman