THE SPECTRAL BOY by Donald Peterson

THE SPECTRAL BOY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Fine, strong, simple, almost impersonal, these poems look out over landscapes and lives sometimes decaying, sometimes held clearly as in amber, but always seen vividly and whole and from a slight distance. The tone is at times nearly colloquial, but always unobtrusively splendid, heightening the life-stories and landscapes into timelessness. The scenery ranges from dusty Midwestern plains to European lakes; from the landscapes of love to those of defeat; and in the last long poem, all themes, love, history, time, personalities, come together on a Wisconsin lake-shore. American subjects and landscapes predominate; a high sense of brooding spaciousness, of human lives and houses, powerfully conveys the bigness, change, bleakness and aliveness of a wide country. Excellent, sure, precise, with an easy grace and strength, these are wholly satisfying and solid poems.

Publisher: Weslyan Univ. Press