FORBID THE RAVENS by Rolfe Humphries


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Here is a civilized and charming poet, and, if not a great one, his light and polished, witty and wise poems, are an casis in the sultry sahara of modern poetry. In this are collected a number of poems which have already appeared in the New Yorker and other magazines. If poetry has any market at all, this little volume ought to have a wide, popular appeal -- not so much among professional poets, although Humphries' is a skillful technician, but among civilized people, who find pleasure in mild wit, pleasant melody and depth of feeling that is refreshing but not exhausting. Though no pollyanna, Humphries still finds life has some agreeable aspects. He should sell.

Publisher: Scribner