Several of these poems have been published in a variety of magazines during the past ten years. Their range of themes reflects this time-span. Early in the book there are poems about a young girl's family, the fears and surprises of growing Up to be a woman, and then about being a bride, wife, and mother. This biographical account is filled with veering emotions: humor versus a fear of birth-and-death, passionate love versus a deprecation of the domesticated male, and her own difficult moods; it is a painful and honest record of young womanhood. Poems toward the end of the book range more widely among adult visions of the strangeness and variety of life, dreams, and life-histories. The tone throughout is one of a tight self-consciousness, cautious of hurt or ecstasy, which avoids beauty or mystery at times by using a matter-of-fact speech or slightly bawdy humor. At times self-defeating, this attitude also leads to a self control which produces an admirable, cool lucidity in form and phrasing, and in many poems surpasses itself, tautens ideas into calm, inevitable forms.