" ' Paul Goodman's BIRTHDAY CAKE does almost everything I would ask a wonderful poem to do: it couples raw emotional force with the sophistication of a cultivated, penetrating intellect. What's more, these complex, distinct powers of the self--Id and Superego--are given voice alternately--left hand, right hand--in the course of the poem. As a result, the portrayal of human nature is rich, complex, tiered; we see the intelligence of passion and the compassion of intellect.' " " ' D. H. Lawrence's power and accomplishment as a poet have always been undervalued. His fame as a novelist, short-story writer, and essayist has dominated both critical and popular estimations of his work....he wrote two of the most dazzling and compelling books of poetry of the first part of the twentieth century: LOOK! WE HAVE COME THROUGH! and BIRDS, BEASTS, AND FLOWERS.' "