Summer 1940 • Vol. II No. 3 Book ReviewsJuly 1, 1940 |

Among the New Books of Verse

A TURNING WIND. By Muriel Rukeyser. The Viking Press. $2.00FIRST WILL AND TESTAMENT. By Kenneth Patchen. New Directions. $2.50CONFUSIONS ABOUT X. By Julian Symons. The Fortune Press (London). 3s. 6d.LETTER TO A COMRADE. By Joy Davidman. Yale University Press. $2.00SEQUENCE ON VIOLENCE. By Harry Roskolenko. Signal Publishers. $1.50 In Muriel Rukeyser’s past work as in her present a very real talent has been marred by an eagerness to transform intellectual convictions into an aesthetic unity, and precisely in the proportion that belief falls short of adequate integration her poems are diagrams of desire and rarely realizations of essential poetic vision. The details of the verse have been perceived rather than conceived, and they compose total effects that have the persuasive force of conviction, but infrequently the impactive compulsion of insight. Miss Rukeyser’s social passion is as sincere as her intelligence and sensibility are actual; yet always she seems to be pushing he

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