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August 22nd, 1919
I am going to trust to my memory in suggesting
suitable poems from our different poets for your anthology.
I am not sure of the names or first lines but you will recog —
nize them from quotations.
The Grave tree: Let me have a scarlet Maple, &
The Spring Song Make me over Mother April, &
The Grave digg er: The Shambling sea is a sexton old.
The Sceptics: Its a way they have on Sunday
They'll be all right on Monday
The Sea Song: I was born for deep sea faring, &
Song of the Sea Children "In the kingdom of Bootes, &
I note that I have mentioned one too many, I would omit
the Grave digg er.
Roberts I would certainly have the two sonnets
"In the wide awe and wisdom of the night"
and "O, solitary of the austere sky."
Afoot— — “Hark the migrant hosts of June
Marching nearer, noon by noon.”
“Epitaph for a husbandman”--“The Laughing Sally.”
Also a bit that I do not know just where to locate
Some are for the cities of men
and some are for the sea
But the lips of a maid in the myrtyle shade
Is freedom enough for me.
Duncan Campbell Scott“The Wood by the sea” and “The sea
by the wood”. The blank verse passage from the elegy on
Morris, the sonnet which has the line
This is only a hasty suggestion. If I think of
others later I'll send them to you.
Are you going to include the comic Muse? I think
Lanningan, author of “The Akoond of Swat” was a Canadian. If so
that masterpiece of newspaper verse should be included. I
commended him to
Garvin but he couldn't locate him. Since then
I stumbled on a reference to him in one of
You may be able to locate him by a book called "The Fables of
Geo Washington Aesop jr." I knew of him first on the Toronto
World and later on the New York World. The
should have the book of fables.
J.E. Middleton's "Clowning with the world Afire" should
hhave a place.
I appreciate your giving me a place but I am not sure that
I approve of your selection. I will frankly confess that as I
read that particular bit it strikes me as imitative of
Lake lyrics. If there is time I should like to submit one or
two others for you to choose from that “stick in my own craw” though I have no copies
of them. There is one, "The Gates of Praise" published in the
N.Y. Sun years ago that sticks to me. I think I can get a copy of it from
a friend in
Philadelphia. He referred to it in a letter.Verse
was a merchantable product with me in the old evil days in
New York and though I sold vast quantities I did not sign much
and seldom kept copies. I am inclined to regret it now as some
of them haunt my memory at times and I cannot restore them
without going to
New York a nd searching through old fyles. It
will never be done. But I want to be represented right in
your anthology for I much appreciate your introductory words
Garvin book. I want to give you something with more
“zest” than the birds of Passage.
Will you pardon the vanity of a father if I enclose a
bit in free verse by my soldier son who has happily returned
safely from the war. I do not expect you to include it but I
should like your opinion of it.....The two biggest poems in
the list above are
Robert's sonnets. No other anthology has
them. They are tremendous — cosmic.
P.S. I shall be interested to know if you
agree with me about any of these.