105. Rag & Bone Shop (Earle Birney)

An uneven 1971 collection by Birney. Still, admirable in its range — Birney's experiments with form and style intrigue, and on occasion inspire. I grow weary of collections like this, which seem dilettantish. But I can't help but admire the drive and curiousity that compels Birney, even if the poems here lack a certain polish.

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