Romantic through and through, Luxton trains a steady eye on Nature,
his chief solace from the Gagworld of personal and political
relations. Though he questions his allegiance to the chaste meditations
of Wordsworth, and wonders whether Berrymans manic wordplay is
an equally outdated legacy, these two poets remain the presiding spirits
of the book, and define the poles of its dialectic.
rythms, dislocated syllables, free association, invented words, and
sharp literary wit create echoes of Eliot and John Berryman...
by its diversity, the book is immensely enjoyable.... The
salient qualities are strong imagery and an engaging tone....