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"What draws us into Alan Shapiro's Mixed Company is not a conspicuous felicity or any sort of bravura, but the quiet, undaunted way he goes after the truth of human feeling and motive. . . . The poems grope and conjecture, looking for understanding . . . but whatever may remain unsolved and insoluble, the poems are full of astonishing insights, a rare articulateness, and what another age called 'knowledge of the human heart.'" —Richard Wilbur
Posted November 21, 2000
In Alan Shapiro's 'Mixed Company' we see a clear vision of American life coupled with the resonance of a historical context. With a narrative dexterity all too often lost in contemporary poetry Shapiro writes with an unabashed clarity particularly evident in his poems related to America in the 1960's: 'Pick-Up Game' and 'Between Assassinations.' This volume of poetry is a worthy companion to his astute observations in his book of essays 'In Praise of the Impure' and his memoir 'The Last Happy Occasion.' The latter is both wrenching and entertaining.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.