Books: Nine and Two

During the last three months, to the almost complete indifference of 130 million Americans, some 25 books of poems have been published in the U. S.

TIME takes these books seriously. As TIME sees it, poets acknowledge a responsibility which sooner or later every human being must acknowledge. That responsibility, stated in its humblest form, is to make words make sense: stated in its most ambitious form, it is to make words make complete sense. Twentieth-Century poets have had a hard time trying to make their 20th-century words make sense, but that was...

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