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Author QuotedMark Van Doren
Title QuotedSpring Birth and Other Poems
Date (Year/Month/Day)1953/04/07
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1953
QuotationIt was wonderful to get the letter and the book [Spring Birth and Other Poems], which both arrived long enough before Lent for me to have answered them long ago, if I had not been busy. I know you understand what "busy" means, because I think I am closer to people working in the woods than I would be writing them letters. But now that Easter has come I can at least tell you how happy the letter made me. It made the writing of [The Sign of ] Jonas seem completely justified. I had a little trouble with the book within the Order, and it does not appear that I will be writing another one like it quite soon. But that does not matter very much and I do not regard it as strange that Trappists should be surprised that a Trappist should publish a journal! Spring Birth is wonderful. I still think I like the sonnets best of all"”I saw them before in the pamphlet.
JournalThe Road to Joy: Letters to New and Old Friends.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / [S.l.] : Flame. 1990, p. 24
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