Summer 1941 • Vol. III No. 3 Book ReviewsJuly 1, 1941 |

Constellation of Five Young Poets

5 YOUNG AMERICAN POETS. George Marion O'Donnell, Randall Jarrell, John Berryman, Mary Barnard, W. R. Moses. New Directions. $2.50 He serious publisher owes a great obligation to the new poets, and this one discharges it by publishing five in one volume. Each supplies a photograph, a short essay about his understanding of the art, and thirty pages or so of verse. It sounds like being regimented into the army, but there is no real indignity about it; they would have been undignified if they had sulked and refused. Going in, not hanging back, they make one of the most interesting and important books of poetry in some years. None of them had been published in an independent volume; they had had only periodical publication, a good deal of that. But each is clearly a poet of some distinction, and more promise, superior to "finished" dozens who have achieved the books but not had the promise. Though it sounds severe, I think this is perhaps enough publication for them at the moment, an

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