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GOAT SONGS by John Weston. 242 pages. Afheneum. $6.95.

A very good novella is crated like a cracked vase in this volume, padded between two undistinguished lesser fictions that serve only to give the book that solid $6.95 heft. The unfortunate excelsior stories, All My Bones and The Call, are summer-weight Southern gothic. in which the author follows the convention of this school by writing about the rural poor as if they were all dimwitted. The title work, Goat Songs, is something else. A series of erotic recollections links a man to his boyhood....

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