his book contains nearly all the shorter poems I have written since the publication of the second edition of my book of Poems, in September 1934.
I have eliminated a few poems which I did not think worth reprinting. Besides which, I have entirely rewritten some of those with which I was not satisfied; notably those appearing here under the titles Exiles from their Land, History their Domicile; An Elementary School Class Room in a Slum; and The Uncreating Chaos.
The poems are printed in the order of development, rather than in the exact order in which they were written. To make the stages of development clearer, I have divided the book into four sections.
The earliest poems--those in Part One--are for the most part written round subjects, and worked out with considerable elaboration. The poems in the Second and Third Parts, written for the most part during a time when I was preoccupied with various kinds of political activity, are more occasional, and written directly and fairly quickly from the experiences which suggested them.