December 1960

Poems on Pertinent Topics.

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By Walter Erwin. Price, $2.75. Pp. 117, with no illustrations. Pageant Press, Inc., 101 Fifth Ave., New York 3, 1959.

Arch Intern Med. 1960;106(6):909-910. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03820060161041

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Doctors who lapse into verse or who make any consistent or considerable contribution to this form of literary grace are rare in these days of intense focus on the mundane. Now that Merrill Moore is dead there is no medical man recognized as an outstanding versifier and poet except for William Carlos Williams who has achieved greatness as a poet. The poems collected in this book by a doctor who writes under the name of Walter Erwin give us a wide sweep of subject matter and techniques of versifying as well as considerable variability in the quality of accomplishment. A few of the earlier ones, especially, used rhythm so freely that I was not quite certain wherein the poems differed from prose. However, the intensity of the feeling, particularly of the reactions to the tremendous word upheavals of the years from the time of Hitler on, evoke acute and sometimes

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