Books: Freer Verse

YOUNG AMERICAN POETS. Edited by Paul Carroll. 507 pages. Follett. $6.95.

Like Walt Whitman's noiseless, patient spider, young American poets continue to unspool their thoughts and feelings, seeking anchorages for mind and heart—mostly heart. There are 54 of them represented in this anthology and many are anything but noiseless.

During a recent reading in the Manhattan studio of Pop Artist Robert Rauschenberg, their poems competed with the sound of a speeding locomotive, hissing helium, the splat of a punctured balloon, random clickety-clacks and the unprogrammed clucks of three caged chickens who presumably work for...

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