Book Reviews of One Bird, One Cage, One Flight.

1. "One Bird, One Cage, One Flight is poet Roger White's tribute to one of the world's great literary figures--Emily Dickinson. His anthology arrives at a time when interest is keen in unraveling Dickinson's solitary life. Through central themes such as (death, immortality, loss, renunciation), White narrates Miss Dickinson's life from age 14 until her death in 1886. In more than one hundred poems, White successfully gains close access to her lasting and impressionable spirit, wit, and personage." Friendship: To multiply the harbours/Does not reduce the sea;/My little ship love-laden goes/Returns an argosy./And though it finds in every port/Both refuge and fair trade/I'd wish the ocean narrower/And ships less frailly made. (James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review)

2. "I have received, and read, No. 10 of the Baha'i Studies. I enjoyed it immensely and shall put it in my collection of Emily Dickinson's works: collected poems, as well as her letters, and biographies and critical studies. On second thought I think I shall start a collection of the work of Roger White. I say this because I find I enjoyed 'A Calico Courage' more when I forgot that the poems were inspired by Dickinson. Only Poem No. 1 could not be divorced (in my mind) from Dickinson ideas. In some ways I felt that some of your poems were 'stronger'. Maybe it is because they are contemporary. I don't know, I'm just reporting my own feeling and not attempting any critical remarks..." (Bethany Strong, Parable Press, June 22, 1982, Amherst, Massachusetts)

3. "What a sustained feat of --what?--ventriloquism, mimesis, transmigration of the soul? 'Attentive indeed was the scholar?' Congratulations." (scholar alluding to "Graduation" on page 26) (D.J. Enright, February 8, 1984)

4. "I just finished reading your One Bird, One Cage, One Flight...There was no intrinsic need to add to Emily Dickinson's poetic output. It is enormous and, as far as quantity is concerned, nothing need be added to it. It is a complete opus in spite of its limited range. All her poems are self-oriented, humility and pride challenging one another to an eternal combat. The reader is constantly confronted by the same mind, the same sensibility, the same somewhat bodiless being. In a way, I well understand your desire to add to her poetry that part of your personality she had stimulated. You did this remarkably well. Actually, I can hardly imagine anyone doing better.

"Of course, some of your poems are so much better than hers...they indeed bring the reader back down to earth - being remained that it is in the earth that poetry originates and that its roots go deep down where no light illumines the spirit. Could she have written such poems as 'Not Least of Three', 'The Word', 'The Spell', etc?

"What you add, Roger, is yourself. Could Emily Dickinson ever have written your 'The Vicious Visitor"...It is your language, your speech patterns, your sensibility superimposed on that of Emily Dickinson. You must have known it, I'm sure: perhaps you only wanted me to confirm what you yourself sensed.

"Thanks for letting me read them. I enjoyed them -- more than the originals which inspired their writing." (Dr. Alex Aronson, Department of English, Tel Aviv University, June 28, 1982)

5. "Roger White's homage to Emily Dickinson unlocks treasures concealed in her work. His compassion for her vulnerability as a woman writing in the 19th century is all the more remarkable for being itself vulnerable." (Bahiyyih Nakhjavani, Cyprus)