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A Cycle for Mother Cabrini. New York: Grove, 1955. Ghosts of the Heart. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1960. Lowell, Robert. Lord Weary's Castle. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1946. The Mills of the Kavanaughs. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1951. Life Studies. New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1959; New York: Modern Library (Random House). Merrill, James. Country of a Thousand Years of Peace, and Other Poems. New York: Knopf, 1959. Merton, Thomas. Selected Poems. New York: New Directions, 1959.

The ceremony becomes a parody of ritual; the minister's voice is "disinfected," and "Death is everywhere" (stanza 5), instead of the much-talked-about 34 Recent American Poetry resurrection. Both the horrible crime reported and the perfunctory celebration of an archetypal ritual, along with the river polluted by village swill and, farther downstream, by industrial waste, bring out the appalling desecration of modern reality, against the holy theme. There can be no real Easter in our world. Stanza six, geometrically central to the poem, brings us back to the river, where on (ironical) "Walden calm" the boats "are fishing" with wire hooks for the submerged corpse.

Roethke, Theodore. Words for the Wind, the Collected Verse. : Doubleday, 1958. Shapiro, Karl. Poems, 1940-53. New York: Random House, 1953. Poems of a Jew. New York: Random House, 1958. Simpson, Louis. A Dream of Governors. : Wesleyan University Press, 1959. See Poets of Today, Volume II. Snodgrass, W. D. Heart's Needle. New York: Knopf, 1960. Snyder, Gary. Myths & Texts. New York: Totem, 1960. Swenson, May. Cage of Spines. New York: Rinehart, 1958. See Poets of Today, Volume II. Wagoner, David.

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