CELEBRATION AT DARK by William Jay Smith


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A second volume of poems worth serious consideration for their well-molded style and evocative, lyrical tone. Although one may feel that the poet does not seem to come to grips with reality in his ""underwater"" perception -- his consciousness of being enveloped in a solitary timelessness -- the images are luminous and touching, the shades of light and dark, of love and death are caught in the controlled, beautifully cadenced verse. Some disquieting Clinkers here - ""beautiful, terrible south""; ""the sea is mad""; ""greater than life is love""; and a fascination with the hyphenated adjective, but there are a few poems of deep feeling and all reveal a love of words and rhythm.

Pub Date: Nov. 15th, 1950
Publisher: Farrar, Straus