Saturday, December 28, 2013

Three Poems From Three People Of Whom I'd Never Heard

The May 19, 1956, Saturday Evening Post features a typically stunning Norman Rockwell cover; a whole series of inviting pancake recipes from around the world (I really want to try Pfannkuchen); a dynamite ad for Arvin Industries of Columbus, Ind. (see previous report); a riveting first-person report from "Rebel" Mundy (as told to Furman Bisher) on the state of stock-car racing at a prime moment of flux in the sport's history (see future report, maybe), and a whole bunch of poems tucked into the jumps at the back of the magazine that are all at least good and sometimes great. Here are three that, for my money, all fall in the latter category. 

I'd never heard of any of these three poets. I found not much at all about Elizabeth LandeweerHarriet Gray Blackwell was a big enough deal that Syracuse University maintains a collection of her papers. Mary Elizabeth Counselman was so accomplished that she gets her own Wikipedia entry and got to live on a houseboat with her husband and a bunch of cats!

In conclusion, There Sure Are A Lot of Good Writers Out There™.


  1. I would love to read "The Tone of Your Voice" by Elizabeth Landeweer, and would love to know more about her. She published "Visitor" in Daily Word many years ago. "God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform. He smiles within a radiant haze,and who can view His form? But now and then I seem to see His countenance aglow, and in dark hours He visits me as some kind friend I know. And when He comes on welcome feet, I do not think it odd that it's a neighbor down the street who wears the shoes of God."