Many of the forty-nine poems in this second collection have been published before in a wide variety of magazines. Most of them were written between 1961-66. They are brief, tidy, lyric, uncomplicated, and touch without delving into any very painful depths upon various aspects of love, friendship, and human relations to time and the universe. The central, and largest, series of poems, from which the book's title is taken, concerns the sense of betrayal occasioned by the death of the poet's parents, and the struggle to accept and alter this loss into the poetic mythological abstract. Much the same theme, and tone, runs through most of the other poems. Aging, loneliness, false friends, are metamorphosed not merely into poetry, but into a poetry that is a fragile defense against dark enemies; forces (and themes) that are sometimes too strong for the delicate, restrained craftsmanship. Skillful, and attractive, rather than disturbing.