May 08, 1978 12:00 PM

by Lauren Shakely

“I didn’t come to California to enjoy myself/ but to be depressed in a different landscape,” writes Shakely in Advice, one poem in this skinny volume which won the 1977 Walt Whitman Award for new poets. Shakely’s verse is compact, pungent and full of funny and striking musings on being a woman, a worshipper of irony and a city dweller. “True love begins with the identification/ of your own species,” she declares in another work, “and I wouldn’t love anyone/ who wasn’t as crazy as I am.” (Random House, $8.95)

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