Since 1942, Randall Jerrel has published slim volumes of verse at irregular intervals which have won high praise from his fellow poets who consider him one of the most interesting of this generation. The best of the poems in his earlier volumes have been collected here, sometimes reworked, and presented with an introduction and sort of glossary to the more obscure references and allusions. These poems represent a sensitive poet, who lives in a kind of intellectual limbo where pain and fear preside- but who never quite comes to grips with his material. Without losing this sensitivity, the poet gains in stature in his war poems, some of which are fine indeed. His is a distinct talent, not altogether developed, but certainly promising- and it will find an initiated audience.