New York: The Vanguard Press, Inc., 1968. Later edition. Large octavo, publisher's dark gray cloth, spine gilt and stamped with purple, upper board gilt, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
Expanded (presumed second) US edition of poet and celebrated English eccentric Sitwell's Collected Poems, including over a dozen written between publication of the first edition (1954) and her death in '64. In the annual anthology she edited with her brothers Osbert and Sacheverell, and in her scathing criticism of the Georgian poets who preceded her, Dame Sitwell was an energetic promoter of literary Modernism. Her own poetry is characterized by its complex rhythms, as well as its playful yet elegiac tone: "Some of these poems are about materialism and the world crumbling into dust; some have as protagonists shadows, or ghosts, moving, not in my country world, but in a highly mechanized universe; others have beings moving 'To the small sound of Time's drum in the heart'" (from the preface, "Some Notes on My Own Poetry"). With a second preface to the later poems, notes, and indexes of titles and first lines. Dust jacket photo of Sitwell by poet-portraitist Rollie McKenna. Unclipped dust jacket with light wear to spine-ends and flap folds, and two small closed tears to upper edge of rear panel. Very good. Item #139