Compilation of intense, spirited verse which explores the realms of religion, politics, nature, violence, and old age.
Certainly Miss Sarton's expository poetry with its rhyming words that clank like coupling railroad cars is for a quite undemanding audience. "Now we have silenced the voice we never heard/ Break open, heart and listen to his word." Occasionally, however, she releases rhetorical postures into true feeling: "Sweet night nursing a neighbor - / The old lady lifts her hands/ and writes a message on the air - /" This direct engagement, unfortunately, is a sometime thing, even in the poems about animals, her special province. In "Bears and Waterfalls" the charmingly sportive ". . . great brown queen/ Sleeked down in her rough silk/ Flirting with her huge lord/ Breast-high in her tureen - " reduces to "And childhood's rug come true." Most of these poems deal with Miss Sarton's distress at the ugly passions let loose upon the world. For the following - a few songs at twilight. (Kirkus Reviews)