are extraordinarily moving poems. Miriam Levine writes of the drama of generations
amid the richness of nature and urban settings. A fine collection!"
- Kathleen Spivack, author of The Beds We Lie In.
. what I admire in her work is the evident authenticity and intensity
of her images and the intelligence and literacy with which she discovers
the vivid words of her experience."
Levine is not just another modernist poet straining for effects: each
of her 40 lyrics, stripped down and scraped clean of diffuseness and cliché
and sentiment, runs rarely more than a page or two. Unrhymed, and with
almost no end punctuation, they seem pointilliste-spaced out dabs and
thrusts of color and implication, under- and overtones. On first readings,
most of her poems withhold much of their tightlaced freight of meaning;
but soon 'the chemical vertigo' seeps through . . . These are adult poems,
with their unique trademark of odd, sharp austere imagery and deepthrusting