Jonathan Williams

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[Untinears & antennae for Maurice Ravel] displays Williams' range of abilities as a poet and commentator on contemporary life and culture. The poems acknowledge the talents of musicians from Ravel to Ellington and of performers in other fields, including Mean Joe Greene. The amalgam of stylistic turns is neither confusing nor difficult to accept. Some of the shorter pieces, whose seriousness is easily questioned if they stand alone, find completion among longer poems. Williams' free examination of the relationship—if any—between different types of artistic activity is pleasurable and intriguing. (p. 352)

John Jacob, in Booklist (reprinted by permission of the American Library Association; copyright 1977 by the American Library Association), October 15, 1977.

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