The Shadows - and other poems.

Wayne, Jenifer


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The Shadows

And Other Poems.

By Jenifer Wayne

Published by Secker & Warburg Ltd, London, 1959. 1st Edition. 8” H x 5 ¼” W. 59pp. Hardback with dust wrapper. Blue boards with silver titles to the spine. Book condition: Book is tight, clean and bright; All pages present; No inscriptions; No foxing. Very Good+. Dust wrapper: Plain light turquoise paper; rubbed along the top edge; Discoloured spine; Not price clipped; Strengthened on the inside. Very Good.


 Book – Very Good+. Dust Wrapper – Very Good.


A lovely first collected volume of poetry by Jenifer Wayne:


“Yet here with hair as white as may

Sits one for whom the tended day

And limpet-gentle lees of life

Score deeper cuts than any knife;

Here her crystal gaze detests

All Mod. Cons. in which she rests

Lethal rosebud cups and bright

Chintz of noon, grimmer than night;

Here her freckled hands lie pale

And clutch for the soil under the nail;

Here her grand and grievous lust

Knows itself, and puts its trust

In nothing but the faith that dust

Falls in good time. Is this not rectitude?

She shines. You cannot leave her. She makes light

That follows and precedes you all your way

Once you have caught breath on the rare twig of her

Star-tree smile. You are right:

Saints have no hope: that is their saintliness;

The radiant ball will work the walls of the cave,

By staying sublimely still, to be translucent:

This negative an act

Of pure power, and simply

Not to put out the light an outwardness

That lights the world.”

Stanza taken from The Shadows

1st Edition.

Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Wrapper: Very Good.

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