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Incident in a Rose Garden Criticism

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The collection in which "Incident in a Rose Garden" appears, Night Light , was Justice's second full-length collection and contains some of his best-known works, including "Men at Forty," "The Man Closing Up," and "The Thin Man." Reviewing the collection, Robert Pawlowski stresses that Justice is more than simply a technically brilliant poet but is "a good poet who is as interested in life, death, hate, love, fun, and sorrow as anyone." Noting the sadness of the poems in the volume, William Pritchard was not as flattering, writing that "the best line in the book is an epigraph" from someone else. In Shenandoah , critic Joel Conarroe praises Justice for bringing "a controlled, urbane intensity to his Chekhovian descriptions of loss and the unlived life." Conarroe notes that Justice's poems "are all fairly accessible on one or two careful readings." James McMichael agrees, writing, "Justice is tightly in charge of...

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