Books: Adam in the Wilderness

AUDUBON: A VISION by Robert Penn Warren. 32 pages. Random House. $4.

Youthful, but already elegantly disillusioned, Poet-Critic Allen Tate once dedicated a poem to a more zestful fellow poet. Its title was To a Romantic. Its two most significant lines:

You think the dead arise/Westward and fabulous.

That was over 40 years ago. But the poet, Robert Penn Warren, now 64, a double Pulitzer winner for poetry (Promises) and prose (All the King's Men), is still a believer in the resurrected, the Westward and the fabulous.

Audubon: A Vision is the mature fruit of Warren's...

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