Winter 1950 • Vol. XII No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1950 |

Poets in the Dark

Live Another Day by John Ciardi. Twayne. $2.00. Selected Poems by Elizabeth Daryush. Swallow Press. $2.50. Address To The Living by John Holmes. Twayne. $2.50. The Wind Of Time by Rolfe Humphies. Scribners. $2.50. The Song Of The Cold by Edith Sitwell. Vanguard. $2.75. Terror And Decorum by Peter Viereck. Scribners. $3.00. It is a repugnant convention of periodical criticism that the reviewer's voice should be as far as possible the anonymous and impersonal voice of Culture, into whose court the poet humbly brings his book; the reviewer, who may for all we know be a human being too, on his official occasion leans from a cloud, with one hand caressing the virtuous, with the other smiting the unrighteous; he is invited to speak with the tongues of men and angels and have not charity, and since this monolithic and majestical tone is the easiest in the world to take, he too often succeeds, and becomes the entirely adequate priest of a culture based on nothing more subs

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