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Not a brilliant poet, John Stone is a good one, getting better. His second collection of poetry, In All This Rain, is more accomplished than his first, The Smell of Matches, published in 1972. Yet even this second collection is uneven. A few poems are excellent, but many are merely clever. Stone's struggles with language, his striving to find the right word, are sometimes too labored to be effective; other times they produce just the right touch.
Death, in its inexorableness and its many guises, is the pervasive theme of this collection. Stone offers no easy solace though he seems
In All This Rain. Poems by John Stone.. Ann Intern Med. ;94:422. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-94-3-422_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;94(3):422.
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