A rarely lovely volume of poems, intense, subjective, disenchanted. Year's end and world's end, too. Tragic poetry, ardent and deeply felt; never for a moment sentimental nor ""pretty pretty"", but almost unfailing in power and sincerity, and frequently with a deep religious feeling. The verse form is sometimes sacrificed to content. The shorter poems finer, perhaps, than the longer ones. One of the really distinctive poets of our time, is this writer, better known to the public as a novelist, a Pulitzer Prize winner.