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Youthful Look: A Memoir, 1947-1952

Youthful Look: A Memoir, 1947-1952

by Judson Jerome

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rebelling against the conformity he found in the Midwest in the early 1950s, poet Jerome, then a graduate student, embarked on a group marriage uniting his wife and another couple in ``some vague cohesion of spirit.'' The journal he kept in 1952 recording his experiment in communal living is a dragging, laborious self-analysis of a marital stew of tensions, studied openness, jealousies and fumbling sex, which ended when the foursome collapsed and the other couple separated. The late Jerome, poetry columnist for Writer's Digest , acted as father-figure for his younger brother, who at one point seemed on the verge of making it a fivesome. Jerome and his wife subsequently had one other group marriage and several relationships that came close to it. In contrast to his tedious journal, the first section of this memoir is a sharp, vivid, self-deprecating account of his migration from Oklahoma to Chicago in 1947 and his formative years as an anarchist intellectual. Many poems are interwoven throughout. Photos not seen by PW. (Jan.)
Poetry columnist for Writer's digest for 30 years, Jerome (1927-1991) published nine volumes of poetry and four plays. The first volume of his memoirs was published in 1990 (U. of Arkansas Press); this second begins with his years in Chicago after his stint in the Army and records his marriage, his communal philosophical and political evolution. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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