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A Tree with a Bird in it: a symposium of contemporary american poets on being shown a pear-tree on which sat a grackle   By: (1884-1978)

A Tree with a Bird in it: a symposium of contemporary american poets on being shown a pear-tree on which sat a grackle by Margaret Widdemer

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[Illustration: a tree with a bird in it (front cover)]

A TREE WITH A BIRD IN IT:

A SYMPOSIUM OF CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN POETS ON BEING SHOWN A PEAR TREE ON WHICH SAT A GRACKLE

BY MARGARET WIDDEMER

AUTHOR OF "FACTORIES," "THE OLD ROAD TO PARADISE," "CROSS CURRENTS," ETC.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY WILLIAM SAPHIER

[Illustration]

NEW YORK HARCOURT, BRACE AND COMPANY

COPYRIGHT, 1922, BY HARCOURT, BRACE AND COMPANY, INC.

PRINTED IN THE U. S. A. BY THE QUINN & BODEN COMPANY RAHWAY, N. J.

THIS IS DEDICATED WITH MY FORGIVENESS IN ADVANCE TO THE POETS PARODIED IN THIS BOOK AND THE POETS NOT PARODIED IN THIS BOOK

FOREWORD

By the Collator

A little while since, I had the fortune to live in a house, outside of whose windows there grew a pear tree. On the branches of this tree lived a green bird of indeterminate nature. I do not know what his real name was, but the name, to quote our great exemplar Lewis Carroll, by which his name was called was the Grackle. He seemed perfectly willing to be addressed thus, and accordingly was.

Aside from watching the Pear Tree and the Grackle, my other principal occupation that winter was watching the Poetry Society of America now and then at its monthly meetings. It occurred to me finally to invite such members of it as cared to come, following many good examples, to an outdoor symposium under the tree. The result follows.

Margaret Widdemer.

P.S. The tree died.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PAGE Foreword: By the Collator v Jessie B. Rittenhouse Resignation 3 Edwin Markham The Bird with the Woe 4 Witter Bynner The Unity of Oneness 7 Amy Lowell Oiseaurie 8 Edgar Lee Masters Imri Swazey 9 Edwin Arlington Robinson Rambuncto 10 Robert Frost The Bird Misunderstood 12 Carl Sandburg Chicago Memories 13 Edith M. Thomas Frost and Sandburg Tonight 17 Charles Hanson Towne The Unquiet Singer 18 Sara Teasdale At Autumn 20 Ezra Pound Rainuv 21 Margaret Widdemer The Sighing Tree 24 Richard Le Gallienne Ballade of Spring Chickens 27 Angela Morgan Oh! Bird! 29 Conrad Aiken The Charnel Bird 30 Mary Carolyn Davies A Young Girl to a Young Bird 34 Marguerite Wilkinson The Rune of the Nude 35 Aline Kilmer Admiration 37 William Rose and Stephen Vincent Benet The Grackle of Grog 38 Lola Ridge Preenings 42 Edna St. Vincent Millay Tea o' Herbs 46 John V. A. Weaver The Weaver Bird 50 David Morton Sonnet: Trees Are Not Ships 52 Elinor Wylie The Grackle Is the Loon 53 Leonora Speyer A Landscape Gets Personal 54 Corinne Roosevelt Robinson The Symposium Leading Nowhere 57 Ridgely Torrence The Fowl of a Thousand Flights 59 Henry van Dyke The Roiling of Henry 61 Cale Young Rice Pantings 63 Bliss Carman The Wild 65 Grace Hazard and Hilda Conkling They See the Birdie 67 Theodosia Garrison A Ballad of the Bird Dance of Pierrette 69 William Griffith Pierrette Remembers an Engagement 71 Edgar Guest Ain't Nature Wonderful! 72 Don Marquis The Meeting of the Columns 75 Christopher Morley The Mocking Hoarse Bird 80 Franklin Pierce Adams To a Grackle 83 Thomas Augustin Daly Carlo the Gardener 84 Vachel Lindsay The Hoboken Grackle and the Hobo 85 Percy Mackaye } Josephine Preston Peabody } Dies Illa: A Bird of a Masque 89 Isabel Fiske Conant } Arthur Guiterman A Tree with a Bird in It: Rhymed Review 101

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PAGE Edwin Markham 5 Witter Bynner 6 Carl Sandburg 15 Margaret Widdemer 25 Conrad Aiken 31 The Benets 39 Lola Ridge 43 Edna St... Continue reading book >>




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