WORDS FOR DENVER And Other Poems by Thomas Hornsby Ferril


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This first collection in fourteen years, by a poet who has won many awards (Yale Competition for Younger Poets; The Nation; Poetry; etc.) is divided into two parts. The first deals with the past and present of Mr. Ferrill's native city, Denver. The restrictions of adhering to a theme and to description result in some monotonous lines, as well as a tendency toward dutiful coverage of various facts, despite an overall fine sense for the past and present growth of a city. But the ""other poems"" of the second part, which deal with much of the same landscape, have far more freedom as well as a spontaneity which the most moving poetry proceeds from and also communicates. Here are rivers and mountains, trains, birds, trees; the countryside is stamped with an intense, personal sense of the small comfortable realities of man's tools, acts, artifacts, loves which are, in the long run, as durable and splendid as mountains. Strong, timeless poetry.

Publisher: Morrow