by Alfred Corn
Barrow Street Press
82 pages, $16.95
UNIONS is Alfred Corn’s eleventh book of poetry, and it shows him as one of America’s most prolific and skillful poets. An urbane wit plays in virtually every line; a keen eye sizes up detail. Corn has a wonderful sense of history, of place, of situation, and he handles form with an aplomb few have mastered.
But all this skill would have just produced genial and sophisticated poetry if it weren’t for Corn’s rather haunting isolation.