POETRY FROM HIDDEN SPRINGS by Paul-Ed. Jordan-Smith

POETRY FROM HIDDEN SPRINGS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is ""An Anthology of Occasional Poetry by People Better Known in Other Walks of life and Designed to be Enjoyed by People from Any Walk of Life"" and these criteria of selection, by the former literary editor of the Los Angeles Times, assure the element of , if not surprise, in many of the poems which appear here. While the editor, in his introduction, indicates both the intangible and infinite character of poetry, he also the ""world of wonder"" it should evoke, the spiritual needs it fills, the literary must satisfy. Therefore the poems he has chosen to include are accessible and usually conventional. Fairly extensive notes introduce the variety of contributors here- stenographer, a librarian, an engineer, a plumber, and many famous figures not usually associated with this genre; Machiaveill and Boccacio, Samuel Butler and Cervantes; Willa Cather and Ellen Glasgow; Havelock Ellis and Huxley; etc. The accent is on lyricism- and while more fastillous poetry readers will find some of the inclusions commonplace, all them satisfy the editor's demands for ""universal kinship"". There are some fine poems among them, usually, and predictably, from writers who have shown excellence in other media.

Publisher: Doubleday