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J.nuorv J, I9H WGWOOO "YOU TOLD ELMER A FALSEHOOD' THAT WASN'T FAIW ILL HOLD HIM,ELMER, WHILE VOU RUN OFF AHO WELL MAKE HIM CATCH -OJ FAIRLY r^ * COME. ELMER-· .MDOY'S GOT A MICH BONE TOffYOU IW TO RESORT ( TO TWCKERV TO PLEASE. ELMER PLEASE COME ·--i DOWN Volume Of Poems By Virginia Merritt, Former Resident Of Fort Smith, Of Wide Interest; Author A "Skilled Worker" By JOHN CLARK JORDAN "Source And Seed," by Virginia Merrill, is a volume of poems that should have interest for people of this community, for its author, now living in Annapolis, Md., was formerly, a residcntof Fort Smith, j I do not imply t h a t its interest is' limited lo this area or for the'rea- son I have slated, for the poems contained In it arc of broader appeal than that. As a matter of fact, there is nothing local about them, nothing to indicate where they may have had their orlcin, except one of the poems about the "Southern Belle" as a streamliner on the Kansas City Southern Hailway. It may, I t h i n k , be worth while to (juote this "local" uoem, for il illustrates many of Miss Merrill's characteristics as a pbet. Tht Slrtimlintri Across t h e moonlit land 'the streamliners race from sea to sea, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf, paced by a clock born in Greenwich half a worltl away-a clnck without a heart, and a hard master. The silver conches of the Southern Belle spilling from Kansas City in a curved bright arrow arc over Kansas and Oklahoma;; wheels ascreatn , like a whipped crying dog, they strain to the uneven track. Inside, the radio beats at the remnant of reason left to bored murmuring passengers now disfranchised of thought: a sacrifice well suited to these altars-after all, this is Omniprcs- WHEN MV FOLKS COME HOMfE.f. WANT IQPLAV ITFOP'EM. OKAV? MEANWHILE-- GINNV, THAT'S NOUR DAD'S AND SPINKJER'S VOICES HAVING AN AlAJElIf AWFUL HOME AND TELLMV DAQ GOSH.VOU KEEP TME RECDRJP. MAPGE.WILL NOD? ILL CO TO THE CUSTODIANS i WIFE AND INFORM HER OF MB? HUSBAND'S DEATH WHILE MX) TAKE TMIS GIRL, HOME AND GO AFTER THAT -RECORD. NO NEEP TO MATVOU*« SNJOYATASTirTIWAT- SmRTCH6WIN6... wu6t£ts SPEARMINT! Bv J. R. Williams OUT OUR WAY ·My NOT ON YORfc LIFE.' Il 1 SLF.EP IM A BEDROLL it'll] ALL FALL OW HILLSIPES. / ROCKS, LUMPS AW HUMPS, I AND I'M IM MleHTV GOOD \ SHAPE PER THAT BED VI THIS WIMTER..' L--^T FIRST TIME THAT HAD A FOOT ON TH 1 FLOOR FDR TWO VEARS/ NOW THAT YOU'RE GOlW TO WORK OM TH' STUFF, VOU'LL HAVE TO BE MAKIW IT UP UWDERNEATH, TOO, TO KEEP IT LfcVEL, WON'T "lOUT I'LL TELL VA WHEN PASSES ARE READY.' NOW TAKE a-F OM TME r itx you *·*«// V4WDBIKOS TSTAV OUTA 'THIS CAWT UMMHCSTAW MR NETTIES IS A FUJRIST n Meridian,miss. ·7MAMC, MIMtuY tf HURVID OVM DW mcmu, ciuTtHn ANOTHER INSTANT; IT'S tin NERVES AUB PK/SZZLEO. N'ECP REST ·*TJ|! i l i i » v 2k ^/i^S.. J CM NEVER LIE ABOUT THEN ME/ in the Ekoi Tribe. Afnr CARRV THEIR BIRTH AND MURRIAGt DATES ranted ON THE/RKKES! .U.5.N.R. 3 pilot of PfnMtoli.Fla. HAD HIS HAT BLOWN OFF BV WJ EARTHQUAKE WHILE HE WAS 1000FIETMKMR MYSTAR5.ALLEY, N I RECKON Ml- DID, YEH...A.N' THAT'LL I iHUDDEK GOOD V1O GUI HbAVfNG DO YOU SUPPOSK DOC.. DINNYDIDEAT WOULD JUST /...BUT IF HE \ANDOLECI TH'COLONEUS (ABOUrMAKE/ DID, HE WON'T L ITOFF! PRIVATE LIFE OF BUCK GIVEUSANV MOKETROUeu; FOR A WHILE. ·mat CANDIDATE is NO BET T L'f^ THAN MINI- BUV, I'LL VOTE FOR HIM F YOU'LL PROMlSt ME'SOME. WELL.FOSDICK-HERE WE AKE, AT DC «.EPLICRAT CONVENTION/T-WHAT AftC VOUSe MMTM' FKCt? DON'T BE CMIkMCM. BUM. THCtC CHAPS JUST CAME FOR THt IRIR THE ACTUAL NOHINATWN IS MADE BY A SMALL GROUP .IN A BOX THERE AREN'T/HIS SON-IS AKIV \ LAW IS mvitt, IN / BRlDOE ·rtXIR CM*»)AT*. WILL ML A THAN MAC* l.mC TWS IN THE US.A PUT IN SOMt COUNTRKS THRY AMI ence; Is it not then God? The voices are unremitting: crooners and commentators, maudlin drama, demagogues and clowns-a patchwork stitched together with the relentless thread of 'the commercials' authoritative caress. Such coalition with speed has has obvious appeal lor ;i nation of vidcots, thoroughly conditioned by education and choice to be receiving sets: like club-car cocktails and Pullman love, it is hardly an unexpected seduction. So through trio city's neon and the town's lit beer signs, beside the four-lane highway and the sooty station, heedless of an American quiet there among her hills, America green and still, beneath the u n h u n i e d stars, Across the moonlit land the streamliners race from .sea to sea, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf, paced by a clock born in Greenwich half a world away-a clock without a he,art, and a hard master. The poem is quite in harmony with Miss Merritt's notions of what a poem is, as she expresses :ier concept in an introduction to ior volume "Poetry which is inerely representational and 'from 'ife 1 has failed of its prime function. The true poet . knows "Wlwt a tpommanl Igck didnl g* a bid todoy, M K« CMHM hwiw «n' ihoeh lh' cuckoo dodcl" seller and coes further. The poetry in his work is, in a sense, lhat which is lett unsaid." In the poem I have quoted the streamliner coming oul of Kansas City is not in itself the objccl of the poet's attention. The things left unsaid are her real interest: the unuttered commcnls on American life, with Its joy in speed, its cheap vulgarity, its inadequate cducalional processes which Jail lo lead to an appreciation of the good, the true, the beautiful, its ugliness, its utter disregard for the quici of a-desecrated country-side, its subjugation to scheduled time intervals, and back of all this, the supreme question: these are the things which surround us, Ihese are the things which we worship; therefore are they God? Skilled Worker Miss Merritt is a skilled worker in various rhythms. She* can succeed in the difficult cinquain as in her Cinquain on Winter Now dance dry yellowed vine, bleak whisper in the wind, skeleton of the summer, dance with death. She does well in other lyric measures, as in her Lort Song Your, cool fingers on my brow, beloved, Are little waters running over moss. They are like seagulls winging where greal waves Toss. Your strong hand is a shell from w.hich I drink The bitlcrswccl and brackish KQBH WKDNKSDAf 6:00 Dinner Music 8:19 Starlight Tim* 6:30 News 6:45 Ozark Sports Review 7:00 Wayne King Show 7:15 Gabriel Meatier-- M 7:30 Rythmic Rendetvous 7:45 Lombardo on the Air 8:01) Bill Hcnfy--News 8:05 The Hidden Truths 8:30 MGM Musical Theatre 9:30 Just Music 10:00 News 10:15 Platter Party 11:30 Sign Off THUKSDAY MOBNINQ 5:30-Rile N'Shint 5:50 R.F.D. 1450 6:00 Rise N' Shine 6:30 Markets and W««th*r 6:35 RJSL N' Shine 6:45 Stock Talk Time 7:00 Koffee Kup Ktpert 7:30 Otasco Newt 7:45 Sunrise Serenade 8:00 Robert Hurleigh-M 8:15 Morning Devotion 8:30 TIMES Morning Edition 3:45 Holsurn Gospel Hymni 9:00 Morning Melodies 9:25 News--M 9:30 Take a Number 10:00 Food for Thought 10:15 Linda's First Love 10:30 Queen for a Day 11:00 Rhythm Ranch Hands 11:15 Bauckage Commentary 11:25 News 11:30 Chi-.rch of Christ 11:45 Musical Roundup 11:55 Markets THU18DAT ATTMNOON 12:00 Hymns of All Churchei 1!:1S News at Noon 12:30 Chuck Wagon Jamboree 12:45 Riders of the Purple Sage 1:00 Dixieland Matinee 1:25 News 1:30 Afternoon Varieties 2:00 Ladles Fair 2:25 News 2:30 Bob Poole 3:00 Swlnf Session J:30 Tune Pickn' Time 4:00 Tune Pick'n Time 4:30 Tune Pick'n Tim* wine of Inye. Within me the great waves are still when the zulls fly Above. She writes many acceptable sonnets, as in her Thi Edgi of Mania Which of us two, you or me, 1 am the more in anger with, I cannot now well judse; myself, that joust with windmills, and begrudge the Don.those giants he saw, and could abhor -or you, who watch me fight and name my foo no more at least than something moved by air, and hardly out to harm me. Is it fair that I should die by what I cannot know? I whom you love, who love you, find the way to you by nightmare obstacles beset -the nameless terror and the tongucless throat: these arc my windmills. I can go nor .':tay. Stretch out your arm of love and draw me home! · Or arc you, too, the creature of my dream? I have quoted this last poem for another reason t h a n to show its netcr. it is characteristic of what I think is Miss Merrill's greatest virtue as a poet, .her analyses of certain states of mind, obviously autobiographical and expressive of a tense and unhappy experience n love, poems which in a somewhat different way remind one of 3dna St. Vincent Millay's "Falal nterview," a passage from which Miss Merrill uses as a text for one of her sonnet sequences. There are many poems in the book on this of love and its ultimate frustration. Not a new theme, to be ,1:00 Sgl, Preston of the Yukon 8:30 Sky Klni 5:55 Cecil Brown sure, but nevertheless trealed with sincerity and reserve. There arc poems in the volume one could dispense with without *°ss -- as there in most volumes of poetry -- poems especially of descriptive images which seem to me to have nothing in them "left unsaid," which seem to have no significance outside the images themselves, which evoke nothing permanent as this Sicr. dt L'EJt That scarlet bird Slashing through green air where willows are, Like the scar Of a sabred curve, is the red new wound Of summer, made Without breath or sound By the old bright blade Of the sacred sword. Perhaps a final word on the title of this volume: SOURCE AND SEED. Unattractive as it is, this title nevertheless has meaning in the light of the author's intention in using it. "The vital essence of a poem," she savs, "is as much dependent upon its birth in the reader as upon its long gestation in the writer. I have come to believe that a poem is only half alive before It has reached the reader's thought. 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