Richard Giannone （review date 9 March 1970）
SOURCE: “Seductive Gambits,” in The Nation, March 9, 1970, pp. 282-84.
[In the following review, Giannone discusses Wallace Stevens's poetry and offers a positive assessment of On Extended Wings.]
It is apt that Wallace Stevens should have expressed his attraction to the long poem with a metaphor about love. “I find that this prolonged attention to a single subject has the same result that prolonged attention to a senora has according to the authorities,” he wrote to Harriet Monroe in 1922. “All manner of favors drop from it. Only it requires a skill in the varying of the serenade that occasionally makes one feel like a Guatemalan when one particularly wants...
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