by A.G. MOJTABAI
154 pages. Simon & Schuster. $6.95.
He didn 't know if he was alive
and the girl was dead
He didn't know if the girl was alive
and he was dead
He didn't know if they both were alive
or both were dead
T.S. Eliot, Fragment of an Agon
In fairy tales the prince sometimes saves his skin and pushes the plot forward by turning into a succession of wild creatures. Trapped on a cliff, he may become a magpie and fly away. Blocked by a lake, he is transformed into a silver fish who swims...