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A promising collection with a number of very effective poems (e.g. "Even Though," "The Didsbury Elegies," "Inaugural Address," and especially "The Poem of Arrival") among lots of similar ones that, for me, don't quite come off, as well as some odd Rousselian prose pieces ("A Letter from the Dwarf," "The Road to Ogalma"). I hear a lot of early Auden and Ashbery in here, as well as unreconstructed (but, at the same time, *carefully* reconstructed) French Symbolist influence. This was one of JA's f ...more