THE APPLE VENDOR'S FAIR by Patricia Hubbell


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The publisher suggests a younger audience for this collection of poems, but we review it at this age level because it seems like a handy item to have available for those making their first attempts in poetry and written description. The commonplace items and happenings that have furnished the subjects here -- household articles, the mook-war carried on by a well-fed cat against serious mice, the world of nature -- suggests the wealth of material waiting for new descriptions, observations from different angles. The rhythms and the forms employed are all different and do not become monotonous. Some of the poems are really memorable. Others should not have happened at all -- nature sweetened out of recognition, phonetic sounds spelled out at length. However, it is a book to get a start from, a form to experiment with after reading or hearing. The shelves in this area are depressingly empty -- the present range in publishing seems to go from cloying whimsy in forced rhyme or the reams of thumping, gallumphing nonsense with seldom an example of the newer verse patterns.

Pub Date: Aug. 23rd, 1963
Publisher: theneum