Clipped From The Evening Standard
needs the Book A Day -By Don Maust publicity of was call the that trying it we a his I am "THE TWO PERSEPHONES" by Robert Morse (Creative Age Press, Inc., 11 East 44th Street, New York: $250) is so unusual unusual that poetry lovers wijjl read it for the sheer beauty IB its many pages, and many who have "never liked poetry" wil] delight in its drama and powerful imagery.. When a book- critic announces the "discovery" of new American poetry, the poetry-reading public expects some pretty comprehensive comprehensive evidence--talent, imagination, writing skill, at least- expressed in a sheaf of readable, quotable verses. Talent writing skill, and imagination are qualities clearly obvioui in the work of Robert Morse, but in place of the customary - volums of short poems, this new poet makes his bow in twc booklength poems on classic themes. They are published together together in this volume, "The Two Persephones." These two narrative poems are intensely modem in feeling and expression. expression. The reader has no sense of dwelling with the poet in some long ago, or in a time less stirring or less "real" is today. Based on two legends of Greek mythology, one poem is the familiar story of the abduction of Persephone, her descent in Hades, and her partial rescue by her mother, Demeter. Ariadne, the second long poem, is based on the legend of the Minotaur and the flaming love that sprang up between Ariadne daughter of the Sing of Crete, and Thseus, son of the King of Athens, who slays the monster and carries off Ariadne as his bride. Of an outstanding beauty and impact, the two poems are further distinguished by the fact that, though they are written in the long, narrative narrative form, the reader does not have to plough through endless tracts of slack and arid writing in order eventually to be rewarded. "The Two Persephones" has a texture and beauty in every line such as is usually to be expected only in shorter lyrics. Published by The Creative Press, one of America's quality book publishers, makes this a worthwhile volume for any library. Excellent verse. * * * "IN PLATO'S GARDEN" by Lincoln Fitzell (Allan Swallow, Box 4002, Alburquerque, New Mexico: SI) is a collection of poems by the winner of the Shelley Memorial Award for 1937. This book will be treasured for its quality as well as its variety of ,, subject matter and its masterly presentation. His reputation as a poet in his own right is assurance that the collection be read with pleasure. Many of these poems may be compared with the work of the great classical poets for their general beauty and precise tonality. Well-written and well-directed verse. He makes an indelible impression. Mr. Fitzell remarks concerning modern poetry: "While at California University I had the good fortune of meeting and getting to know my good friend, Robert Penn Warren. I consider consider 'the fugitive' group of poets and Critics, and the group headed by Howard Baker and Yvor Winters as most fruitful of good work in the country."