Summer 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 3 Book ReviewsJuly 1, 1991 |

Earthly Quires

Annonciade by Elizabeth Spires. New York: Penguin Books, 1989. 67 pages. $17.95; $8.95, paper. Take Heart by Molly Peacock. New York: Vintage Books, 1989. 71 pages. $16.95; $9.95, paper. Between Angels by Stephen Dunn. New York: Norton, 1989. 111 pages. $15.95; $7.95, paper. "After long lovemaking," Elizabeth Spires writes in "Profil Perdu," each lover takes a turn sketching the other and we, the readers, watch them watch each other until the author herself breaks in, instructing, "O let us gently close the door / on love's impromptu sketch and leave // them as we would be left . . ." (26). Spires's awareness of the artifice of the poem asserts itself throughout her third book, Annonciade, and that is the biggest problem in this often wonderfully written collection. One is aware of the mediation between reader and experience as if Spires, with a better story to tell, only circles about her real material without confronting it directly. Note the distancing windows in "Glass-

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Framed in Words

By David Baker

Annonciade by Elizabeth Spires. New York: Penguin Books, 1989. 67 pages. $17.95; $8.95, paper. Take Heart by Molly Peacock. New York: Vintage Books, 1989. 71 pages. $16.95; $9.95, paper. Between […]

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