May Swenson | Criticism

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SOURCE: A review of The Love Poems of May Swenson, in Poetry, Vol. CLXI, No. 5, February, 1993, pp. 295-98.

In the following review, Corn applauds the poems in The Love Poems of May Swenson, which he asserts are, except one, all erotic in nature.

Maybe I had too high expectations for this collection when it was first announced. A new book by May Swenson is always welcome, and this time normal anticipation was heightened by the possibility that her estate had decided to publish work that shyness or prudence had prevented her from making available during her lifetime. Hopes slipped a notch when the credits page stated that only thirteen of the poems were previously unpublished; five have before now appeared in magazines, but the remaining thirty-seven can be found in earlier volumes of her poetry.

The title isn't quite accurate. For "love" we should substitute "erotic." In a...

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