Twenty years after the tragic events at Kent State University, a group of more than 300 poets gathered on the campus to pay tribute to the four students killed by Ohio National Guard Troops on May 4, 1970, at the height of the Vietnam War protests. Politics and poetry do not often mix, but this book is a uniquely successful blending of social rage and literary art. Among the 147 poems collected here are such memorable pieces as Donald Hall's ``Tomorrow,'' Shinkichi Takahashi's ``Burning Oneself to Death'' (translated by Lucien Stryk), Sharon Olds's ``The Protestor,'' Lucille Clifton's ``after Kent State,'' and Lisel Mueller's ``Bedtime Story.'' A significant, well-edited collection of historical and literary value, this book will help readers come to terms with Vietnam because ``one of the ancient functions of poetry is to remember and to heal.'' Recommended for all poetry collections.-- Daniel L. Guillory, Millikin Univ., Decatur, Ill.
A moving anthology of 147 poems by 131 poets, selected from poems read at the Gathering of Poets at Kent State U., May 4- 6, 1990--the 20th anniversary of the killing of four students and wounding of nine others by the Ohio National Guard as the students protested the escalation of the Vietnam War. A fitting memorial. Paper edition (unseen), $18. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)