ABC Motion Pictures.
ABC Motion Pictures.
It was hardly more than a chapbook, really — it was a hand-printed pamphlet informally published in 1928 by Auden’s friend and fellow Briton, the poet and essayist Stephen Spender (second photo). Auden would have been about 21 at the time. In other words, Auden’s career began in a manner not unlike many indie poets today.
Only about 45 copies of Poems were released. The book is today considered one of the rarest in 20th Century literature.
To make matters just a bit more confusing, Auden’s next two books of poetry, in 1930 and 1934, were likewise entitled simply Poems. (And the 1930 book had two editions.) Oddly, Auden wanted no distinctive title for any of the books because he thought a title might distract the reader from the content of the poems themselves.) The 1930 volume was accepted for publisher Faber & Faber by none other than T.S. Eliot, who was one of his earliest influences.
Well, that might be putting things a bit strongly. But there are now three country songs that I love: James McMurty’s “No More Buffalo,” Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” and now the song below.
It’s Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush,” and it’s damned good. I was out around New London one night when it came on the radio and it immediately grabbed my attention. Karen Fairchild’s vocals are perfect.
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Credit: By ADBGVA (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
The first dog you see here actually does have eyes that are different colors. You can find more of Steve’s work right here: http://www.virtualsilkscreens.com/.
This is my favorite poem of all time — read by my favorite poet of all time.
Once again, this is an excerpt from Auden’s “The Sea and the Mirror: A Commentary on Shakespeare’s The Tempest,” first published in 1944.
Oil on canvas.
The town depicted is Orleans, Massachusetts, but it looks a lot like Salem, Virginia.