Books: Sophisticated Lady

SCRAP IRONY (127 pp.)—Felicia Lamporf—Houghton Mifflin ($3).

The pun also rises. Too much maligned as the lowest form of humor, it can soar for a brief moment. And in good hands, words can be made to jump, molt, wiggle, shrink, flash, collide, fight, strut, and turn themselves inside out or upside down. They do in this volume of 57 light poems and five airy essays by Felicia Lamport. She briskly suggests that By Love Possessed might well have been written "by Henry James, gulled, cozened." She wonders if spacemen are headed for the "lunar...

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