Reading through this collection the words "raw" and "childlike" crossed my mind many times. Thomas' innocence, his confidence, strike a noble chord and his youth maintains it. Forty year-olds won't ever dream these lines but 17-year olds think of nothing else.
Tender, brutal, devoted, unforgiving, Thomas tries desperately to make sense of human relations, his own desires and the inevitable end in death. The poems are embarrassingly provocative. His passion is endearing, ridiculous and sometimes disagreeable (probably the same impression we made at 18).
I recommend this book to Dylan Thomas fans, to admirers of poetry but most of all to people who never read poetry. This is easy stuff to digest; it hits you right away and it's over fast. Turn the page and a new poem, brief and to-the-point either rings true or confuses the heck out of you (come back to it in a month and see what you think; in a year; in ten). In any case you could do a lot worse with your free time. Enjoy!