POEMS by John Tagliabue


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Poetry of the modern age falls roughly speaking into one of two categories:- the rainbow hued or the jaundiced. John Tagliabue belongs definitely in the first. His poetry is optimistic, ecstatic, religious and cosmic in its affirmations. A good deal of it has appeared in current avant-garde periodicals. Tagliabue travels, writes and invites his soul. Less original than St. John Perse, his verse has some of Perse's quality, while in his religious poetry he suggests comparison to the Spaniard Jimenez. He is of Italian extraction, spent his childhood by the sea, knows and loves fishermen, has lived in Maine and Mexico and traveled extensively in his beloved Italy, and shows he is a dedicated Christian, probably a Catholic. All this may be drawn from his poems. It is the wide embrace, the warm reaction of the heart, which recommends him to such fellow poets as Muriel Rukeyser and Mark Van Doron. Some of the individual poems are very fine, but the monotone of mystic participation somewhat blunts the total effect.

Pub Date: Nov. 11th, 1959
Publisher: Harper