GOODBYE, RIVER, GOODBYE by George Mendoza

GOODBYE, RIVER, GOODBYE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

As though out of The Mist Men and Other Poems (1970, p. 1206, J-506), ""a song"" to Vermont's Battenkill River, where -- in Mendoza's own prefatory words -- ""I followed the trail of a crystal time when I was a boy wandering gypsy banks, and the way back home was another pebble tossed on rippling reflections."" Well, the 25 lines here are rippling reflections, two on the average per each oversized glossy page; mirroring the lyrics as best they can (""...candling visions beneath yellow lion-lilies/ where spiders pearled silver fires..."") are the black-and-white photos, objectively fine, otherwise cold. The verse is miasmically infra-personal; people who like it, however, will find many more like it in The Mist Men -- wieldier format, same price.

Pub Date: June 4th, 1971
Publisher: Doubleday