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- Hardback | 127 pages
- 140 x 220mm
- 16 Jun 1970
- United Kingdom
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The nearly eighty poems of this collection bear more than a faint imprint of William Carlos Williams to whom it is dedicated. The unexpected reversal of images, the easy colloquial structure of clauses, the unobtrusive but cumulative power of sound patterns and the blunt concretization of reality might be called imitative; actually they are distillations, retaining only for a while an aromatic familiarity that is soon dispelled by Loewinsohn's own very real and not insubstantial talent. Personal, immediate, Meat Air is more than the unification of word and flesh. Loewinsohn's distinctive perception of reality surprises with humor and multiple meanings. A "Blue Willow" challenges its hackneyed association with melancholy, preferring for its metaphor the satiety of sex. And the rhythmic insistence in "Rain, Rain" has quite the opposite effect of "If the Season," where Loewinsohn's jarring conclusion echoes his own thought: "trees writhe in an/ agony of what we call their/ beauty." With very rare exceptions, Loewinsohn's poetry is "a sudden twist of the mind." (Kirkus Reviews)