Books: Library Laughter

NINETEEN MILLION ELEPHANTS AND OTHER POEMS (115 pp.)—Helen Bevington—Houghton Mifflin ($2.50).

"The art of versifying . . ." Voltaire once said, "is like dancing in fetters on a rope." For writers of light verse, the trick is to do the dance on a string. Most of them manage a light fantastic stanza or two, but soon fall flat on their anapests.

Helen Bevington often does no better. What makes her one of the pleasantest poetasters around, and Nineteen Million Elephants one of the year's happier books of light verse, is the wise, warm humor of an occasional poem. Some of them are bookish...

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