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The Double Dealer's Poetry
By Lois Elisabeth Whitcomb) to say, and her versification is weak. Mr. Davidson's work is full of music, displays a cynical sympathy for firus-
rithin the year there has appeared "Sun Ballet" is freely rimed, and and notably lacking in visual appeal. tration. The group of verses, "In
Te Drapid in movement. It is thin stuff The lack of picture increases the de- Black and White," by William Alex-
The Double Dealer"' aremarkablybut sparkling. "The Railroad Station," light in his rhythmic phrasing. ander Percy, is in a sinilar mood.
e amount of good poetry. The twenty-four lines of free verse, strikes "Inhibition" and "Ageless Woman" Percy's observation is perhaps as
en numbers that I 'have examined the paradoxial modern note of con- are two powerful sonnets by Edgar acute as Bodenheim's, and his reaction
tained some poems of real beauty, scious naivete. She conveys, without Savage, the last one a beautiful and as strong, but he lacks perspective
y of unusual merit, and not more sentimentality, a sense of miracle. It forceful expression of the idea.of rein-. and technique. Howeer, his work
are positively is one of the finest peoms that has carnation. "Electrocution," by Lola is packed with thought. If he masters
half a dozen that appeared in the magazine. Ridge, is striking in its intensity. Its his medium he will be one of the
rior. Older publications might Babette Deutsch also is represented swiftness and dramatic vigor are not greater realistic writers.
1 envy the record of this new "na- by three poems. "The Master," made mpeded by the stately sonnet measure. The issue for December, 1921, con-
1al magazine from the south." up of nine five-line stanzas, has an un- "Gothic," a sonnet by Jean Starr tains "Hunger Inn," by Jessica Nelson
he editors have shown an interest- pleasantly stiff rhythm, but contains Untermeyer, which appeared in the North. It is a fresh and delightful
catholicity of taste in their ac- a few lines after the Swinbunian October "Double Dealer," is included handling of an old theme, the meter
tances. There is much free verse; manner: in Mrs. Untermeyer's new collection subtly patterned, the diction effective.
re are many sonnets. There are "And music is the pulse that dies of poems,. "Dreams Out of Darkness." I quote the first of its four stanzas:
cs romantic, lyrics realistic. The And not the dream that lingers." tht it deserves ahighaceprais hat vol "Waiter, Waiter
'k of such well-known authors asthtideevsapaentatol'" ierWier
d Dusauy, Padriae Colum, Alfred "Measure" is an impressive. quat- ume. The hour is late.
symborg, John cCOlure and Louis rain, a revelation of emotional unrest Walter McClellan's two poems are Bring me love on a silver plate,
ermeyer appears side by sideLwith and oppression. "At Asahi," a frag- both excellent, "Unquiet," a cliseled Topped with green from the coolest
tributions from poets so new 'toment of free verse, is memorable for and terrible lyric, and "Arrangement springs,
t that the ink is scarcely. dry on the followinf lines: in Black and Gold," the first six lines Garnished with kisses in golden rings,
ir names. "Twin threads of smoke exceptionally vivid and full of atmos- Warmed with laughter and spiced with
ohn McClure has cntributed ,ore In dim blue aspiration rose and broke phere. The indeterminate charm of tears,
i lOscar William's work is finely exem- The love I've famished for all these
n any other poet. Of the thirteen And mingled from our casual cigar- plified in "Oblivion." "Spirit of All years.
his verses printed in eleven ps ettes;T in "iin r
s of "The Double Dealer," "As.Men As tho our souls should float from us Things" is in a more conventional
and touch." vein. The two verss under the title 'We're -just out of love, tonight,
in Tailor" is perhaps the most char- "The Moon" are exquisitely delicate, Madam.'"
istic, embodying as It does his - The figure is one of, distinctive the first having the fine clear outlines
ception of the practice of poesy. beauty, the phrasing simple and of a cameo, the second one being full The poem as a whole has a prankish
.ers, such as "On an Intricate Fil- lovely. These lines alone are suflici- of motion and melody. pathos, a faintly wistful dignity, a
e," "Dives," and "There Comes No ent to mark Babette Deutsch as a true Among -the more mundane verses pukery sweetness that is charming.
'avan;" are deft and delicate, and artist. are two by Maxwell Bodenheim. It is in the first rank of the excellent
e a pretty thread of fantasy. "A Two sonnets by Gustav Davidson, "Dress-Model" is a shrewd and bitter poetical work which is one of the chief
lad of Worldly Wise" is a bit too "Sanctuary" and "Like Some North- comment on humanity. "Village-Clerk," attractions of "The Double Dealer."
iiniscent of an older ballade, but Coast Adventurer of Old," are earnest
ith All Their Vessels," although and full of feeling. Both contain
novel in them, is translated in an lines of deep sounding melody, but the
inal fashion. It is the sigh of a quality is not consistent. It seems al-
t, wearied a little with his work, most incredible that there should oc-
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