Circumference: Varieties of Metaphysical Verse, 1456-1928. Genevieve Taggard.
Circumference: Varieties of Metaphysical Verse, 1456-1928.
Circumference: Varieties of Metaphysical Verse, 1456-1928.
Circumference: Varieties of Metaphysical Verse, 1456-1928.

Circumference: Varieties of Metaphysical Verse, 1456-1928.

New York: Covici Friede Publishers, [Printed by the Stratford Press,], 1929. One of 1,000 copies printed for subscribers by the Stratford Press. Fifty hors commerce copies were also printed. With engraved border on title-page, plus large engraved initial on page three, and two engraved headpieces. Light toning to endpapers but overall a near-fine copy in the original dust jacket (designed by Bernard Salomon). Blue paper-covered boards, quarter vellum, with gilt-titled spine. Octavo. xiv, 237 pp. Item #16962

The present work compiles over 150 poems, including recent poems by Hart Crane, Léonie Adams, Wallace Stevens, and more; and “Change,” a previously unpublished poem by Stanley Kunitz. The Wallace Stevens poems, including “The Snow Man,” appear here two years before the second edition of his debut collection, Harmonium; the second edition truly introduced his poetry to the public after only 100 copies of the first edition were sold.

The poems are supplemented with a preface by Genevieve Taggard (1894 – 1948), a professor, Guggenheim Fellow, Dickinson biographer, and author of thirteen collections of poetry.
Her poetry collections include For Eager Lovers (1922), Calling Western Union (1936), and Not Mine to Finish: Poems 1928–1934 (1934). Taggard also edited the anthology May Days: An Anthology of Verse from Masses-Liberator (1925). She was a contributing editor for the Marxist journal The New Masses and the founder and editor of the poetry journal Measure.

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