- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: New Directions Publishing (12 May 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811215768
- ISBN-13: 978-0811215763
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 15.4 x 22.4 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,997,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Readers will be uncomfortably reminded of Spark's onetime T.S. Eliot fixation in many of the early poems, while others attempt and fail to carry off Stevie Smith's idiosyncratic brand of British humor. Only a half dozen are even mildly successful, and these barely worth reading more than once.
The poems are littered throughout the book haphazardly rather than chronologically, but the earlier, better poems are easy to spot even without referring to the contents page. In most cases, Spark's later poetry consists of little more than plays on words and self - conscious, eccentric scribbles that anyone with a free hour and a pencil might produce.
Adding as it does nothing to Spark's literary reputation, this volume would have been better left uncollected.