A collection of short stories by the poet-doctor whose Paterson III and Selected Works won the National Book Award for Poetry last Spring. It contains The Knife of the Times, published in 1932, and Life Along the Passaic River published in 1938 --plus 21 previously uncollected stories. The dominant tenor in all is human understanding, intensified by the viewpoint of a perceptive doctor. It goes out to all types and varieties,-Italian mothers, adolescents, homosexuals, farmers, factory workers, Negroes. He covers a great deal of life, often at its seamiest; and he gets down to big issues in the Life Along the Passaic River stories, particularly. Here is warmth, tenderness, respect for humanity per - in a style that is direct, with none of the obliqueness that some readers felt in his poetry. For a perceptive, aware market of short story readers.