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¬ómostly 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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