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Dear Editor: Two slight poems of recent print are worth reappearance in brevier in the back part of PoETRY for the benefit of those who missed them at the première. One is by Percy Hammond in the Chicago Tribune, and reads:
The entourage of the American Derby was a bit blowsy. Weeds, long grass, dust and grime and a melancholy prairie landscape. A jaz band played Pretty Baby and My Country, 'Tis of Thee. Most of us sat in our shirt sleeves and drank beer out of bottles.
The other is titled The Elephant, and is by Carmen Cerelli, who is ten years old, going on eleven, and a pupil in a New York grade school where this piece was written in a school competition:
There stands the elephant,
Carl Sandburg II
Dear PoETRY: I must out with it—my
Heigh-ho, how many songs they write,
The Helen Haire Levinson Prize of two hundred dollars, and the prize of one hundred dollars offered by another guarantor, will both be continued for our fifth year. Each will be awarded for a poem or group of poems published in PoETRY from October, 1916, to September, 1917. The prize for a lyric poem will not be continued this year. *
The donor of the Levinson Prize requests that no poet shall be considered ineligible because of having previously received it.
Mr. Wilfrid Wilson Gibson, the well-known English poet, has just arrived in this country for a lecture tour under the Pond Lyceum Bureau. His new book of verse, Livelihood (Macmillan Co.) will soon appear.
Mr. Frederic Manning, another English poet, is also familiar to our readers. He is now a private in the trenches, and a book of his verse will soon be publishsd in England.
Mr. Gordon Bottomley and Anna Wickham (Mrs. Hepburn), who appear for the first time in PoETRY, are also English. The former is represented in Georgian Verse, which recently printed his play King Lear’s Wife. Another play is Laodice and Danae (Four Seas Co.); and Elkin Mathews has published his two small pamphlets of verse, Chambers of Imagery. Anna Wickham's first book of verse, The Contemplative Quarry, was published in 1915 by the Poetry Bookshop.
Of the American poets Mr. Ridgely Torrence, of Xenia, Ohio, and New York City, has appeared in PoETRY. Also Mr. Henry B. Fuller of Chicago, whose free-verse satires will soon be published by the Houghton Mifflin Co. Also Mr. Clement Wood, of New York.
Jean Starr Untermeyer (Mrs. Louis U.) of New York, has contributed verse to various magazines, but has not yet published a volume. Ditto Anna Spencer Twitchell (Mrs. D. S. Person), who is a native of Louisville, Ky., and now resident in Colorado Springs. Mr. Travis Hoke, formerly of Chicago, is a mystery as yet to this editor.
BOOKS RECEIVED ORIGINAL WERSE: Sunflowers, by Willard Wattles. A. C. McClurg & Co., Chicago. Harvest Moon, by Josephine Preston Peabody. Houghton Mifflin Co. From the Hidden Way, by James Branch Cabell. Robert M. Mc
Bride, New York.
Verses, by Mathilda Junge. The Roxburgh Pub. Co., Boston.
VOL. Ix NO. V.
A Magazine of Verse o
Edited by Harriet Monroe
Along the South Star Trail . - Frank S. Gordon 221
Listening–Buffalo Dance—Where the Fight Was—The
Neither Spirit nor Bird–Prayer to the Mountain
Spirit . - - - - Mary Austin 239 Spring to the Earth Witch—Chief Capilano Greets His Namesake at Dawn . Constance Lindsay Skinner 242 Poems - - - - Edward Eastaway 247 Old Man—The Word–The Unknown Editorial Comment . - - - - - 251 Aboriginal Poetry I-III—Emile Verhaeren Reviews - 259
Those Brontes—A Book by Lawrence—H. D.'s Vision—
Notes - - - - - - - - 274
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