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Author QuotedDavid Ignatow
Title QuotedRescue the dead : poems
Date (Year/Month/Day)1968/02/29
ImprintMiddletown. CT : Wesleyan University Press, [1968]
QuotationTried some books. Carlos Fuentes' Change of Skin, new, from Farrar, Straus & Giroux "”starts out lovely, fuzzy, but doesn't hold me. I guess it is a good job but it doesn't hold me. What do I care about those people? Very good, though, the new Robert Duncan, Bending the Bow, from New Directions, with a fine terse, complex introduction, putting it all in a setting"”and also a great poem on Christ in the Garden"”like Rilke. Also, the new Gary Snyder"”strong, clear, definite poetry, a man of solid experience. No faking. David Ignatow"”a good poet but describing a person that stands between himself and lif"”and on which sometimes are projected rimal murders. He screams. The screams are unreal (Rescue the Dead). I notice in the poems of Vassar girls a hell of a lot of death wish.
JournalThe Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 7, 1967-1968.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1998, p. 60
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