2 by Edna St. Vincent Millay

The Harp-Weaver
Copyright 1923
Checked out 0 times in ? years

The Buck in the Snow
Copyright 1928
Checked out 5 times in ? years (all in the last 22 years but acquisition unknown)
Last checked out 7 years ago

Both of these books are original printings but it’s unclear when they were acquired. I’m guessing the mid-sixties, which means The Harp-Weaver (which won a Pulitzer in the year of publication) hasn’t been checked out in almost 50 years and the The Buck in the Snow only a handful of times in a good 40 years. This surprises me because Millay’s poetry is the sort that should appeal to the people of Albertville. Her poetry most often rhymes and frequently visits the subjects of love and nature. These two books may be suffering from blank spine syndrome. Looking at the shelf, there’s no way to tell who the poet is on either of them.

I suggest giving Millay another try by purchasing a newer volume of collected or selected works. These two could be retained or let go, but at least people scanning the shelves will see her name. Millay is not as anthologized as some of her contemporaries because she was not a path-breaker. However, she still has a following, especially among those who appreciate formal poetry and sonnets in particular.


About jppoetryreader

Poetry reviewer and poetry consultant for libraries
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