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Selected Shorter Poems

Selected Shorter Poems

by Donald Finkel

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Underlying these poems, so full of memory and America, is musicthe foundation of all Justice's work. Two short sequences, ``My South'' and ``American Scenes,'' provide a setting for the more personal poems that follow. Among them are elegies for a musician friend, an unknown poet, even his first piano teacher, Mrs. Snow, who reappears both in the poetry and in a prose memoir. Her lessons recur as well, for Justice is as attuned to sound as any poet writing today, blending a light-handed manipulation of rhythm and rhyme with conversational tone: ``Hear the gulls. That's our local music./ I like it myself; and, as you can see,/ Our sunset maker studied with Bonnard.'' The prose, though interesting, is mere shadow to the poetry. This volume belongs in any large poetry collection. Louis McKee, English Dept., Judge Sch., Philadelphia

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