Private Speech: A Volume of Poetry by Philip FREUND.
H. Allen, London, first edition, inscribed by author inside front page,
to Helene Pfeffer, Fair Exchange? - Philip FREUND, 3/4/2000
known in America for his 900 page trilogy, was Olsons, and as a
prize-winning dramatist, Philip FREUND. makes his first appearance as a
lyric poet in private speech. of all the poems in this long book, only
one has ever appeared in print before; and this volume also has the
singular distinction of being published in England somewhat before its
appearance in the author's own country.
Novelist, short story
writer and critic, Philip FREUND has more than 20 published volumes to
his credit. But for almost 2 decades, as he now reveals, he has been
writing lyric poetry. It has been my private speech. It has been
personal and subjective in contrast to the public and more objective
speech of my other work. To me, poetry has always been a shorter and
more vivid language of thought. Lyrical expression, when perhaps I
have attained it has usually had a way of clarifying my own feelings.
Of all the forms of writing I have attempted, poetry has provided me
with the most pleasure.
Poor boy, dream view to live for human-kind.
And sought throughout its night, a second day,
a jumbled on a first-team light or gray, through jungle nights of thought? How blind.
You went, indifferent two years and scorning.
The whips of youth, and likeness of a man,
with fierce and long denial of the flesh!
what has that left to you, more than stuff of mind.
That time, that, the quick LITHE beast, has cleaned away
to bleaching memories? So travelers find.
Piled from the marches of a caravan.
Some broken Negro has left behind.
Alone and screaming in the dark and brush.
For jackal days and dry white bones of morning
Hardcover with dust jacket. Dust jacket in mylar cover, light overall
wear. Very good/very good plus. 358 pages including index.