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I am seated on the South porch of
Sunshine House, a haven true to its
name, in the warm sun of Southern
Connecticut, on this Valentine's Day,
waiting for the first bluebird. What
better occupation for a gent of
letters than such serene idleness ?
Ah, well, only one thing better —
to send a message to a friend in
the North, reporting where the true
writers resort of the Continent is to
be found. But, it took a long time
First the trans — Canadian trip, as
you know, closing at
Victoria after so
many delightful meetings. That was
a great event, like another
Tour, and I certainly had the time of
my protracted life. There is no saying
which City was the most fascinating,
but it is easy to say they were all
Victoria — the very
lap and [home] of luxury.
Then a reading at
Seattle & a flight
Los Angeles & the South to see old
So much for most unimportant
Your Later Poems was a rare
Christmas treat. I have [nursed] it
continually and take much solace
from the volume. The poems as
you have arranged them make a
married effect that they did not have
before, and I am quite pleased with
myself at times. The book compensates
for the frequent "Dictoring" and the
shameless Maple — wreath photo !
McClelland of my pleasure
in the book, but you have been neglected
until now. Which is a shame. For
how should you know I was tickled
to death with the handsome volume,
unless I told you ! There are one or
two misprints, but I have not yet
gone over it thoroughly.
Thanks also for the copies of Forum
and Saturday Night, which came while I
Send a line when you canPostscript By the way, speaking of
to your ever beholden and procrastinating friend.