Spring 1950 • Vol. XII No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 1950 |

The Early Morning Light

In Memory of F. Scott Fitzgerald I Others may fear this goddess, but none will (Whether you brag or wail, how can you know?) Fear her as you do, like a criminal! Doubt, hope, and passion driven like the snow Downward to nameless death in a dark month. Until you talk too much and quite unclearly— Yet when these fumbling ways have nearly Reduced you to your knees, once more a myth   From a child's book comes shouting like good news, The princess and the monster changed by her To what he wished to be, fluent with poise, As probable as in America True games in which no one can lose, Or perfect marriages of girls and boys. II Once, waiting in that studied living room, Joy glittered and was very beautiful, As when a child you looked at vaudeville, The song and dance man prancing like a groom, The savoir faire magician, quick as light, —As if God said: You are again as pure As numbers, innocence returns once more, The past forgiven like a dream last night

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In 1959, Delmore Schwartz became the youngest recipient of the Bollingen Prize, awarded for a collection of poetry published that year, Summer Knowledge: New and Selected Poems. Three years later, he was teaching at Syracuse University when KR published a selection of new poems.

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