ONE LITTLE ROOM, AN EVERYWHERE: Poems of Love by Myra Cohn--Ed. Livingston

ONE LITTLE ROOM, AN EVERYWHERE: Poems of Love

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is to love as What a Wonderful Bird the Frog Are was to humor--a mature and fairly ambitious selection leavened with its share of lighter moments--""Soldier, won't you marry met? or Dorothy Parker's ""One Perfect Rose."" Livingston slights the grander passions in favor of the pastoral and romantic and emphasizes very short poems, but the core of this anthology--Yeats, Neruda, Rilke, Donne's ""Good Morrow,"" Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, some Rexroth translations from the Japanese--is unassailable. One could wish for more contemporary material--e, e. cummings and Langston Hughes is as modern as this gets--and have done without most of the Housman, Christina Rossetti and E. B. Browning. With the possible exceptions of Swift's vitriolic ""Gentle Echo on Woman"" and the ardent Neruda, one can't help feeling that this is, overall, an unchallenging spectrum, but individually Livingston has made the obvious good choices and avoided the obvious bad ones. Rosebuds.

Pub Date: Sept. 10th, 1975
Page count: 152pp
Publisher: Atheneum