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The Word MuseumLESSONS FOR A BARREN POPULATION is a book of intelligent, discerning poetry written by a Pulitzer Prize Nominee. It is accessible, thought-provoking, haunting, multi-layered, and deserving more accolades than can be conveyed in a short review.
Reading through it the first time, I tried to find comparisons to the works of some of my favorite poets and thought: Hart Crane and the Naturalistic influence--and then shook my head. The flavor of Crane was there, but so were many other flavors: Donne, Pope, Jeffers, Frost, Stafford, Inada, Elliot (without the preening and pretension), but thankfully I didn't find any of the Beat Poets or e. e. cummings.
After search though my collection of poetry and books on literary criticism, I finally had to conclude that Mr. Stanbrough, through astute observation and a skillful turn of a phrase, takes poetry to a new dimension, a sphere of lucidity and grace that is uniquely his own.