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

Some First Volumes

Firstborn by Louise Gliuck. New American Library, $4.00. The Storm & Other Poems by William Pitt Root. Atheneum Publishers, $4.95. Sweating Out the Winter by David P. Young. University of Pittsburgh Press, $2.25. Lies by C. K. Williams. Houghton Mifflin Company, $4.00. A Probably Volume of Dreams by Marvin Bell. Atheneum Publishers, $3.95. Two phenomena keep the sour-mouthed, tight-lipped, sharp-tongued little poems of Miss Gluck from being merely compulsive exercises in oral eroticism: the wretchedness is not hers alone, and the observation lavished upon it is of such high energy. There is not much to say about her gifts of notation save to instance them gratefully: "the drained sun / sinks through insects coalesced / to mist, mosquitoes / rippling over the muddy ocean"; or again, in a more homely figure of horror: "My mother / had the skewers in her hands. / I watched her tucking skin / as though she missed her young, while bits of onion / misted snow over the p

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Joyful Body

By Richard Howard

Firstborn by Louise Gliuck. New American Library, $4.00. The Storm & Other Poems by William Pitt Root. Atheneum Publishers, $4.95. Sweating Out the Winter by David P. Young. University of […]

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