Winter 1960 • Vol. XXII No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1960 |

Once over Lightly: Saint Judas

A section of brief reviews of books by Kenyon Review contributors or associates. Saint Judas by James Wright. Wesleyan University Press. $3.00. This is a second book of verse by James Wright, who is a Kenyon College graduate, a contributor to the Review, and a Kenyon Review Fellowship holder (1958). Its title promises something portentous and paradoxical but that promise, happily, has little real connection with the book. Most of its virtues lie in a quiet but, nevertheless, intense engagement of the poems with their subject ideas. The several that make a Dostoevsky-like attempt either seem to fail in their strategy or, in the end, have to be worked out in Mr. Wright's own natural terms. Usually he does make a poem on his own terms and the result is a lucid, well-defined, inquiry into the circumstance he is writing about, as in the notable "Complaint," "A Girl Walking into Shadow," and "All the Beautiful Are Blameless." It has been often observed that the poorest kind

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