Almost one might say there is a Jeffers cult -- and each new volume from his pen is avidly sought by those who ""collect"" him. There are some poems in this new volume that should widen that market. There is a long dramatic poem, derived from the close of the Niblung Saga, its theme the self-contradictions and self-frustrations of the ""Christian Age"". The title poem is a tragic narrative poem -- the modern mother turned animal in defense of her children. And a sheaf of shorter poems.