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Gail Fox.
Ottawa, ON: Oberon Press, 1988.
#pp., paper, $14.95.
ISBN 0-88750-739-5. cloth, $29.95. ISBN 0-88750-738-7. CIP.

Grades 11 and up / Ages 16 and up

Reviewed by Donna Doyle.

Volume 17 Number 3
1989 May

The End of Innoncence is a collection of complex poetry written from 1969 to 1986. It deals with drinking, mental illness, birth, death, relationships, love and God. 'The Flight of the Pterodactyl" is a long poem with graphic descriptions of the beast's savagery and a recognition of its necessity:

I get along
as any creature must
who has no wits.

"Cartoons," despite its title, is a gruesome piece in which a woman draws cartoons on her wrists with an "artistic razor." The pain and distressing images of these and other poems are balanced by a number of joyful celebrations. "Memory of Birth," "Jason Becoming" and "Lines of Contentment" explore motherhood; "In the Playpen" is warm and playful with Jason as the "tamer" of pink bears and brown giraffes; and 'The Mexican" and "Houses of God" deal with a means of escape from pain. In "Absolutes" Fox rebels against mediocrity:

Lord, give me wings
that will get me up, and
if I crash, give me
the courage of spilled blood.

The End of Innocence shows us absolutes. Gail Fox has a unique view of Iife and her expression of it is never mediocre.

l would highly recommend this book.

Donna Doyle, D'Escousse, NS.
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