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ROBERT LAX: TERTIUM QUID
Stride Publications
4b Tremayne Close
Devoran
Cornwall
TR3 6QE
UK ISBN 1 905024 02 9
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ROBERT LAX: TERTIUM QUID

This is another book in the very pleasant Stride format. It is perfect bound and well-edited. There are over 130 pages of poetry.

Robert Lax was born in America in 1915 and died in 2000. He spent his life developing an experimental style that drew the eye down the page. He did this by breaking phrases, by using enjambment, and by using only one or two words to a line:

	two levels
	at war
	within
	my soul:
	the sublime
	and the
	instinctive
as in MARCH 3 above, and by employing phrases with innovative jumps in meaning to lead the eye ever onwards through the writing:
	Earth's amniotic atmosphere
	(Wherein fleece clouds arch over us)
	Cleaves to the turning globe like flesh
	To feed the light and cover us.
The above is from PASTORAL. The poems in this book are well crafted and dig deep into the psyche. They are discursive yet are able to home in where appropriate. As with much experimental poetry, one technique is repetition. The poem entitled IN LUMINE is a good example:
	Light
	the light is seen in
	Seeks the eye
	who only sees
	the lighted
	and the light;
	the lighted
	shows the light;
	the light,
	the lighted;
The whole collection hangs together well and provides typical examples of the work of Robert Lax.

reviewer: Doreen King.