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January Whimsies--A Review
(By G. D. E.) tremely good. The first is a bit of garet George Walker, wins my respect. Going back to the time of Chaucer,
Following my criticism of Novemberl lofiy tosh, well worded. Except for a bothersome repetition I can find no use of "hungered' as a
Whimsies I was accused by nearly "Road-Sides," a prize essay of For- of a word or- two, It is a fine bit of noun, and even as an adjective it has
all hands around as either having been man Brown, is exceedingly trivial. work indeed, long been obsolete. Besides, the accent
The substance of ."Cakes and "My Task," a poem by Irene Mc- is on the antepenult and it would not
too violent, or having stooped to the Creanm," the other prize essay, by Lois Fadden Kingston, is the old sobbing, take the article "an." Perhaps Miss
skullduggery of personal animosity. Whitcomb, is not much thicker, but much-used "mother".theme. It is al- Brunt meant to employ the word,
About the only persons who agreed it has a flash of originality and interest ways overworked and present in any "hungred." I find the expression "an
with me, strange to say, were three to it. She has struck a good theme, periodical that carries much poetry. It Ihsgred" several times in the King
of the Whimsies writers whom I had though she has hardly done it justice. nearly always raises a sniffle, and in James edition of the Bible. Well, that
.I suggest.to her the reading of Jame. rhetoric class it will nearly always noun is also long obsolete. It may be
criticized adversely. I appreciated Branch Cabell's "Taboo," wherein that fetch the writer an "A." It is, in brief, used of course-but is Miss Brunt's
this at the time, and I appreciate also' author makes a prejudice against the an old dodge. poem a hymn? But let us read on;
the civilized attitude of the Whimsies mention of food and the process of ' "Far Hills," a poem by Stella Brunt, the poem fascinates se.
editorial writer who asks for criicisnm, eating a symbol of the prejudice is easily the worst thing of the issue. "My wild out-cry (sic) taints (hi!)
either commendatory or adverse. against sex in literature. Our two Not only is the whole business some- to a numbered sin."
primary instincts, the desire to what amorphous in its totality, but Before my Maker, f swear that such
If Whimsies can produce good stuffeat and the desire to reproduce, certain combinations of words are stuff is beyond me. Moreover, how
I am for it. I have no prejudice are generally being much slighted, completely beyond my ken. "An long has the verb "taint" taken the
against the publication nor against especially in American letters. I, hungered's misery" is one such dative?
anyone who contributes to it. Proper- of course, discount the truck which phrase. It is a silly bit of pet- "The half these tears, are they
ly edited, Whimsies should accomplish appears in Hearst's, - Cosmopolitan, tifogging, it shows poor usage, in- not a joy to know
a great deal. It certainly should re- and other such bawdy periodicals. compatibility, and an outrage of petic Such happiness can be?"
ceive eoigh material for some sort To get back to the essay, I must say license, to say nothing of bad spelling. (Continued on Page 8)
of selection, that it is finely written. My criticism
While the January number is faulty is, as I have said before, that Missl
in many respects and deserves criti- Whitcomb has hardly done justice to -C'
cism with about the degree of sever- her subject. If she had turned her
icy which I applied to the November keen humor to satire she would have-
issue, still it shows a vast improve- improved the ess'ay , thousand per
ment. It is a hundred percent better cent.
than the November number, and I wish Marjorie Rosecrans, whose effort I
lenient. As a matter of fact, I was tentiousness, turns about and delivers
not half harsh enough with the No- a shaft at the Pleiades-land falls -
vember issue. somewhat short, Still I cannot say that -Hom'd lou llke a brand ne
The editorials of the present num- her poem, "Last Hours,"'-is bad.
ber, excepting the first one, are ex- "The Instrument," a poem by Mar-."SOUTI-FEND 1WA TC"
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