Books: Bright Doom

THE BRIGHT DOOM—John Hall Wheelock—Scribner ($2). Poet Wheelock has been so often patted for his "ecstasy," that now he writes such vague, silly, categories as this:

There are three tremblings sweet

to think upon:

The trembling of a poplar-leaf in

the wind,

The trembling of a woman in the

moment of love

And the trembling of the stars. . . .

This mediocre quatrain would be unfairly quoted without also four of his more typical sadly cadenced verses:

My heart is a dark forest where no

voice is heard,

Nor sound of foot by day or night

—nor echo, borne

Down the long aisles and shadowy

arches, of...

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