New Canaan, Connecticut
enclose my latest portrait,1
a study in green on a blue ground. I hope you like it.
Your tempestuous letter was a solar-plexus punch, and
not without a dash of blasphemy. I was down for the
count until I came to the last sentence. That revived
me, and I am on my feet again, with steam enough left
to go another round.
am glad you love people with words. Now listen to mine.
Damn your sculptor!2
If you decide in favour of the invitation to New York,
let me know. I shall take Giordano3
to Hollywood and the desert, and we will assuage our
irreparable grief with booze and bacchantes and inspired
operas from Shamballah.4
And you, my dear, will be in New York. I can’t wish
you anything worse.
you give Giordano a picture? Yes, truly, he may have
whichever he likes. You may have more. Behold, have
I not given thee the half of all my possessions and
all that remains of myself to give?
Margaret darling you make me nervous! I shall eagerly
await your story. Yes, writing—or any engrossing labor
one loves— is not only a vent and a solace, but is the
one dominant need for us, I suppose. Only, dearest,
say "men may have what is left—if any". That
is the unforgivable offence against the Masters or the
Holy Spirit or whatever there is. It hurts horribly.
went to you by post the other day, and I will have a
copy of "Far Horizons"6
sent from New York. It contains the "Shamballah"
poem.7 Read also
one of the end-papers "In Excelsis".8
I leave Wednesday morning for the South,9
and shall be in New Orleans on the 9th, (c/o Dr. Pierce
College)[.] But my safest address is Waco, Texas, c/o
Dr A.J. Armstrong,11
Baylor University. Do write.
love you truly
identified, but perhaps Fig. 1.
1: Bliss Carman c. 1927. [back]
George Finn (see Letter 4 n.6). [back]
Letter 5 n.4 and Letter 8 n. 13. [back]
Letter 8 n.7. [back]
Far Horizons (Boston: Small, Maynard, 1925).
Letter 5 n.4 and Letter 8 n.13. [back]
with this letter is a card printed with "In
Excelsis," the poem that appears on the back
end-paper of Far Horizons:
new moon hangs in the wintry tree,
The spring rains march by the door,
The summer comes and the roses blow,
The mellow woods of autumn glow,
And love is more and more.
seasons pass, the strong winds die,
The sunlight steals from the wall,
The glittering planets wheel and sink,
The tides return to the ocean’s brink,
And love is all in all.
card is inscribed "Margaret from Carman / Golden
October 1927". [back]
his reading tour. See Letter 4 n.2 and Letters 26-41.
Butler (1886-1953) was a Professor of English and
the President of Sophie Newcomb Memorial College
(see Letter 30 n.4). [back]
Joseph Armstrong. See Letter 23 n.3. [back]