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Here is a major book composed boldly and carefully of major poems, with not a slight one among them. Beginning with a dramatic monologue spoken with all the qualifications, the delicately nuanced and reconsidered hesitations, of Henry James, that same voice bedazzles us in poem after poem as we enter paintings by Hopper and Hicks and Caravaggio, the curious glamour of the world of film, and the glamour of political figures--Roosevelt and Kennedy--caught fleetingly in the cameras of the press. In all these poems the interaction of life and art is Herbert Morris's passionate concern.