Green's four long pastoral poems (modern adaptations of the eclogue) combine family memories, local history of the river Squanicook (in Massachusetts), evocative Keatsian imagery (``a tree frog in the apple,/ a kit fox dozing in the brush''), and botanically accurate sketches: ``rusty dogwood, tiled in ragged, reptilian plates . . . with its fuschia-colored, knuckled nodes.'' Compassion for her father, joy in crafted verse, and fidelity to place shine through stilted embellishments: ``Ceremonious maples don the cardinal robes of kings.'' She works in the spirit of the craftsmen (``housewrights'') who built the clapboard, mortise-and-tenon, soffits, wainscot, and floors ``like planks of gold'' of her ancestors. ``This verse I've tried to plane/ for strangers . . . this home I build, the labor of my life.'' Frank Allen, Assoc. Dean. , Continuing Education, Allentown Coll., Center Valley, Pa.