After the critical success of Discrepancies and Apparitions (1965) and two years of public and campus readings of her own poetry, Miss Wakoski has achieved a considerable reputation as one of the youngest and most talented of ""The New York School"" of poets. In this second collection, she often applies her gift for brilliantly abstract, almost surrealistic, images to more personal and painful matters--with mixed success There is a fauve wistfulness to ""Love passed me in a blue business suit/ and fedora./ His glass cane, hollow and filled with/ sharks and whales. . . ./ He was a banker/ I could tell""--but some of the self-lacerating references to a broken marriage, pain, loneliness are not as effective. Still, she is an interesting writer to watch for her transfiguration of reality into playful, bizarre and arresting contrasts.