Selected Poems by R.A. Simpson & Selected Poems by Vincent Buckley

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November 1982, no. 46

Selected Poems by R.A. Simpson

VQP. 164 p., $10.95, $5.95 pb

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Selected Poems

by Vincent Buckley

Angus & Robertson, 136 p., $5.95 pb

Selected Poems by R.A. Simpson & Selected Poems by Vincent Buckley

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November 1982, no. 46

If any volume of Selected Poems must be in part the autobiography of an imagination, it is subject to the vicissitudes and ironies which attend all autobiography. One gazes at it and finds familiar lineaments, but one also finds mobilities and stands made more evident than a more partial acquaintance can show. The very title is a warning that the whole story –whatever that might be – is not to be found here: a ‘Selected Poems’ is the outcome of recurrent options.

            Often, in the face of this, reviewers lodge their complaint that something has, inappropriately as they take it, been left out, or something unhappily been left in. I shall not do that here. After all, if ever there is a place for the de gustibus dictum, this must be it. Rather, I should like to remind the potential reader what kind of thing he may expect to find in either R.A. Simpson’s or in Vincent Buckley’s Selected Poems.

Peter Steele reviews 'Selected Poems' by R.A. Simpson and 'Selected Poems' by Vincent Buckley

Selected Poems

by R.A. Simpson

VQP. 164 p., $10.95, $5.95 pb

Book Cover 2 Small

Selected Poems

by Vincent Buckley

Angus & Robertson, 136 p., $5.95 pb

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