LOVE. . . AN EXPERIENCE OF by Peter McWilliams

LOVE. . . AN EXPERIENCE OF

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KIRKUS REVIEW

These poems are all written in the moment when craft deserts emotion, leaving the forthright sub-McKuenesque lyric to carry the reader by force of sincerity. The poet's search for the love object is that endless circle of desire, disappointment, pain, and emptiness -- in this case a vacuous quest, for the poet presents none of the larger ""truths"" (let alone the small details) that turn abstract agony into someone else's reality. His ""tricks"" (""pain/ is/ you/ and/ me/ not/ making/ we"") are foolishly facile and the attempts at profundity in the shorter poems in the section entitled ""A Few Facts of Life"" are downright embarrassing.

Pub Date: June 9th, 1972
Publisher: Doubleday