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This volume of poems written when the poet was in his early 70s won the Pulitzer Prize–and deservedly so. The prize was not a nod to an elder poet’s lifetime achievement as it sometimes can be. I’ve read the work of elderly poets before and sometimes it is lukewarm or has become too personal in its reminiscences to mean much to anyone but family and friends. Not so with this collection. Many of these poems are haunting and pack punch. There is no diminishing of powers. Yet I could sing its praises and the people of Albertville would still shrug, as they have for 32 years. Robert Penn Warren is a major American poet. He should be represented on the shelves of every American library, preferably with a selected or collected works (both of which are available). Until the Albertville Public Library is able to purchase one of those, keep this volume on the shelf regardless of circulation.