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The Lost World by Randall Jarrell
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Apr 27, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: poetry
Read in April, 2009

I'm not hearing the music with this one. I can't match the poetry with Lowell's eloquent afterward (titled "an appreciation"). I had high hopes, since I think Jarrell's much anthologized "Ball Turret Gunner" poem is terrific. The title poem (or series of poems), "Lost World" is good, more approachable and warmer than Lowell's similar "Life Studies." "Next Day" is also good, as is "Bats." My favorite in the bunch was probably the strange fairy tale like "A Hunt in the Black Forest." But there are others I simply didn't know what was going on, or worse, after a few attempts at reading -- didn't care. And the rhythms throughout were the reading equivalent of speed bumps. I could never reach a comfort level, and was always thinking what else could I be reading? A big disappointment.

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