Winter 1970 • Vol. XXXII No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1970 |

Gifts of Form

Growing into Love by X. J. Kennedy. Doubleday and Company, $4.50. Adam's Dream by Julia Randall. Alfred A. Knopf, $4.50. At the Edge by Michael Goldman. The Macmillan Company, $4.95. Odes by Paul Carroll. Big Table, $4.95. These four volumes represent a wide range of the currently available styles in poetry. They happen to make a scale, from the deliberately traditional rhyme, meter and wit of X. J. Kennedy, through the greater variety but still traditional bent of Julia Randall, to the more open yet well-made work of Michael Goldman, and finally the sprawling inclusiveness of Paul CarrolL But one thing all four poets have in common: all are academy trained, at least through the master's degree. The first three are college professors, and Paul Carroll has been a college teacher as well as an editor and a publisher. The academy has absorbed most of the variety there is. Allen Ginsberg's remark in the anthology Naked Poetry, "The old library poets had lost their voices

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