REVIEWING THE LATEST BOOKS
BY WILBORNE HARRELL
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THE YEAR’S AT THE SPRING. A Book of Poems by
Ruth Vail. Banner Press, Emory University, Georgia. 78
Someone has said, “Let me write a
nation’s songs and I care not who
rules them.” A poet is a singer and
his or her work are songs of the high
est character. And women have been
singers in verse from the songs of
Sappho, to Elizabeth Barrett Brown
ing and on to the more modern work
of Edna ,St. Vincent Millay.
Ruth Vail of Edenton, a poet and
writer of no small powers, has turn
ed out another book of poems and
thereby added her songs to the work
of the illustrious women who have
written and sung down through the
ages. The Year’s At The Spring is
Mrs. Vail’s second book of poems, her
first, River Acres, published several
years ago, was received With enthus
iastic acclaim by both critics and
press. The Year’s At The Spring is a|
much better book and will, I believe,!
place Ruth Vail among the top-rank
ing poets of today.
In The Year’s At The Spring Mrs.]
Vail has made effective use of both
metered and free verse, adapting the
technique best suited to each poem.
In fact, this hook differs from River
Acres in just this essential preference
for the perfection of the metered,
The Year’s At The Spring is easy to
read and understand, as Mrs. Vail em
ploys, in the main, the simpler verse
forms throughout the book. There
are several sonnet forms and many 4
to 8 line technique arrangements. But
she shows mastery of her medium by
employing forms that range from the |
subtlety of free verse to the simplicity j
of the quatrain.
When Mrs. Vail breaks the barrier,
of rigid technique and soars into the
realm of free verse, she does so only,
when what she has to say will not,
conform to the confines of accepted
forms. Only a master may take liber- j
ties with art, and being a craftsman.
in the art of verse making, Mrs. Vail,!
with impunity, breaks the barrier of
form without outraging art.
The last portion of The Year’s At
The Spring is given over to songs and,
verses for children. Many great poets
have achieved their greatest efforts
in verses for childhood—consider Rob
ert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Gar- j
den of Verses and the unforgettable
poems of Eugene Field. In this poetic |
role Mrs. Vail writes with tenderness
and understanding, and these few
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i, poems are, within themselves, a minor
•! triumph and a worthy contribution to
I the literature of childhood.
■ Published by the Banner Press of
i Emory University in Georgia, The
: Year’s At The Spring in format, bind
• ing and printing presents a work of
: art. Bound in green boards with gold
typography this book has a beauty in
I perfection that is only equalled by the
beauty of the contents.
, The Year’s At The Spring will be
i come a permanent addition to Verse-
I I Craft, the Banner poetry bookshelf.
1 which is a series of outstanding books
of verse by writers of recognized
Lawrence W. Neff. Book Editor of
j the Banner Press, has this to say
about The Year’s At The Spring:
| “Mrs. Vail’s poems are exceptionally
rich in imagery, with discriminating
and pleasing effects which can scarce
i ly be duplicated in contemporary poe
try. In presenting graphic pictures
'high-lighted by vivid phraseology she
J attests gifts mounting oftentimes to
I positive genius.”
Damp Litter Presents
Problem For Poultry
Poultrymen should use extreme care
in keeping their poultry houses free
from damp litter. R. S. Dearstyne.
head of the State College Poultry'
Science Department, has warned.
Dearstyme said that not only is dry
[litter necessary for the health of the]
birds, but it also reduces the number,
! of dirty eggs.
j The use of hydrated lime as a cor-j
rective for damp litter has been pr:"‘-
l ticed with good results in most in-1
j stances. Hydrated lime should be J
used exclus velv. at the rate of one
| pound to rich four square feet of floor
space. The lime should be carefully
| worked into the litter with more add-1
,ed as needed.
Frequency of application depends (
.upon the weather, number of birds,
land the food and water intake. Cau
tion should be exercised when lime
is first applied so that the dust from
the lime does not saturate the air.
| This condition could retard egg pro-,
j Dearstyme said that poultrymen
j should check these causes for damp
litter: (1) overcrowding of houses
THE CHOWAN HERALD. EDInTON. N. C.. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1964.
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which results in large accumulations
of moist droppings (2) improper ven
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-I windows, or the water containers, (6)
-|the billing of water by birds from the
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ii saturation of the atmosphere with
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For Sweet Potatoes
Orders were taken last week by the
County Agent, C. W. Overman and i
Assistant County Agent Robert Marsh I
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f COLORED SCHOOL
The Hornets of Edenton High under
their new Coach Wilson accomplish
ed a new coach’s dream by winning
the first game of the season. The
:score was 6-2 over Trenton High
School. The score doesn’t tell much
of the fight that went on between two
■ teams so equally matched. As one
: noticed, the fundamentals of the game
i were instilled into each team. There
fore, a few breaks in any way might <
have brought about a '■hai.ge in the
outcome of the game.
The winning and only touchdown
came by a pass that was thrown by
the right halfback, of Trenton High
eleven which was batted around by
two or more players before Hedge
beth, center of Edenton High, tucked
in the oval and with a couple of good
blocks was able to go the distanee
1 55 yards.
Trenton High got its two
'catching a Hornet behind the goal
line, where they had held the Trenton
Poor kicking throughout the game
kept each team in trouble.
Little Too Well
Walking through the woods, the ar
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number of men climbing trees and
crawling through bushes,
j “What’s the great ideas?” he snap
ped. “What do you men think you
| “Well, sir,” said the sergeant, “we
|have camouflaged the gun so well
' that we can't find it.”
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