Books: Brother to Boulders

HUNGERFIELD AND OTHER POEMS (115 pp.)—Robinson Jeffers—Random House ($3).

In a stone tower overlooking the Pacific, aging (67) Poet Robinson Jeffers mourns for his wife, who died in 1950, sings the glories of nature, and waits for the peace that is death. There are still plenty of Jeffers admirers who would not hesitate to proclaim him the greatest living U.S. poet. The qualities they have liked in him—his violence, his darkly unrelenting, tragic view of human existence, his lines surging with the momentum of Pacific rollers—are all present in Hunger-field, his first book...

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