Summer 1985 • Vol. VII No. 3 Book Reviews |

The Livelier Art

Icehouse Lights By David Wojahn. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982. 69 pages. $9.95; $4.95, paper. Fire in the Conservatory by Linda Gregerson. Seattle: Dragon Gate, 1982. 65 pages. $13.00; $6.00, paper. Accidental Weather by Sherod Santos. New York: Doubleday, 1982. 80 pages. $10.95; $5.95, paper. Sometimes when the society is dreary, the night late, and the brandy unusually bad, the question will be asked, "Is there any hope for the art of poetry, or do we live in an age of fiction?" If luck is really running against you, it will be at this point that a myopic gentleman in a three-piece suit, the only person with enough presence of mind to have refused the brandy, will intone from the corner, "Neither one, sir or madam; we live in an Age of Criticism." A momentous issue indeed, but since we left the party hours ago, perhaps we can choose to ignore the last two of its parts and concentrate only on the first—whether there is any liveliness left in the body poetic.

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