Philip Booth 1925–
Booth's stark lyrics reflect his identification and familiarity with his New England roots. While some critics praise Booth for his sensitive ear and economical structure, others show impatience with Booth's style, calling it overly conservative and imitative of other New England poetry. Booth first came to the attention of the poetry world with the publication of Letter from a Distant Land. Although succeeding volumes of his work show an increasing pessimism, Booth retains the consistently clear focus which has become his stylistic trademark.
(See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 5-8, rev. ed., Vol. 106 and Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 5.)