Holden is a poet to watch, stimulating both mentally and artistically, although his poetry demands a certain effort on the part of the reader. It is not obscure poetry, but it has a certain oblique quality, partly the result of a concentrated, economic style. The first part of the book consists largely of poems based on philosophical or metaphysical concepts, -- the attainment of freedom through truth and knowledge, the impermanence of time and of man, the vulnerability of the individual. The second half consists of fifty sonnets, largely love poems. He is a careful artist; his poetry carries challenge. He is easier reading than many moderns.