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Vita Brevis

June 23, 1991

Rexroth, Olson, Steiglitz, O'Keeffe . . . Reading the Book Review lately has become a sad ordeal. Where are the artists one can admire apart from the work?

Irrelevant question, of course. The work is all. The art. All that should matter. And yet . . . something nags, persists. The work . . .

The reviewer found it amusing that Rexroth was with a priest at his life's end. Did the poet discover something too late for inclusion in the work? That art perhaps--just perhaps--doesn't excuse?

JOSEPH EARNER, NORTH HOLLYWOOD

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