Poets & Their Art


For permission to use most of the rather brief essays in this volume the author hereby acknowledges her indebtedness to herself as the editor of Poetry, in which periodical they first appeared, sometimes in slightly different form; the two exceptions being Contemporaneousness, first printed in the Atlantic, and the final article on The Free Verse Movement, taken from a longer one in the English Journal. To the editors of these two magazines, much thanks from a fellow-editor.

Poetry having been the first and most persistent of the now numerous small American magazines devoted to the art, and having had the honor of introducing many poets now famous, it may be opportune to record here briefly the story of its origin, especially as a few inaccurate accounts have been printed during the past decade.

In 1911, after a vacation trip around the world, the author's chief occupation was serving as art critic on the Chicago Tribune. The constant recording of highly endowed exhibitions, prizes and scholarships in the arts of painting, sculpture and architecture, which were backed by powerful trustees and committees in all our larger cities, made her realize that poetry alone was left to shift for itself, and that its desperate situation at the time was largely due to this neglect. The art needed a friendly hand, and the author, casting about for some efficient protest, was hit in the head one sunny morning . . .

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1926


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