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Issue Details: First known date: 1939... 1939 Selected Poems, 1916-1936
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  • Dedication:

    I asked myself, "to whom should I dedicate my poems?"
    And I thought, "to the Author of the profound misery of the world".
    Not the misery of war, hunger or injustice, -
    These are initiatory and do not so much matter
    Since nothing is more abominable than satiety and comfort -
    But the misery of the unsatisfied heart,
    The misery of the living life
    Whose flame is ever-renewed suffering.

    And I do not know that it is not the same thing
    I offer these poems also to the Author of joy:
    The intensity of joy that is in all life,
    The joy of the serpent devouring the dove
    And the dove's ecstasy exactly equal,
    The joy of the plant sun-voyaging into flower,
    The joy of the worm dark-cankering the bud,
    Likewise these fragments the blown wrecks of air,
    His invisible desire, re-offered to the Creator.

  • Comprises a selection of poems from the author's previous works: The Hunter and Other Poems (1916); The Dark Fire (1918); In Time Like Glass (1921); Landscape of Cytherea (1923); The Seven Days of the Sun (1925); New Poems (1928); Pursuit of Psyche (1931); Jack and Jill (1934); and Songs and Incantations (1936).

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