Summer 1990 • Vol. XII No. 3 Book Reviews |

Attempts upon Delight: Six Poetry Books

A New Path to the Waterfall by Raymond Carver. Boston: The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1989. 126 pages. $15.95. Groom Falconer by Norman Dubie. New York: Norton, 1989. 61 pages. $17.95. Blues If You Want by William Matthews. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1989. 64 pp. $14.95. Balance as Belief by Wyatt Prunty. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1989. 67 pages. $9.95. Eden by Dennis Schmitz. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1989. 54 pages. $8.95. Once Out of Nature by Jim Simmerman. Baltimore: The Galileo Press, 1989. $9.95. Poetry instructs by delighting. So says our ancient wisdom, and I'm not yet fool enough to attempt contradiction. But there are whole galaxies of ambiguity in those terms, and the sources of delight in poetry are a continual puzzle to me. How is it that some subjects and some emotions that would seem to be the unlikeliest springs of delectation still delight us, while others which ought to be pure delights in themselves bore us or vex us? It's all i

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