This is a book of curious but gifted poems by a young man who published his first volume of verse, Have Come, Am Here in 1942 and has appeared since in a variety of periodicals. He writes strikingly, and Edith Silwell, who has furnished the preface to this volume, states that Villa has a ""great even an astonishing and perfectly original gift... beautiful and strange... Throughout almost all these poems, the principle, the archtype, the quintessence are Mr. Villa's themes"". This volume consists of a selection of some of the poet's earliest poems as well as his more recent ones, many of which have God and religion and the self as their concerns. Their intensity and epigrammatic style remind one somewhat of Gerard Manley Hopkins or Emily Dickinson. But these are not imitations; the voice is authentically the poet's.... A recommended choice for connoisseurs.