By J. McCullagh
Little magazines like Alan Crawley’s modern Verse are the existence blood of literary tradition. they supply an ongoing discussion board during which either good verified and new poets can test and current their newest paintings, and it is usually with the little magazines, accordingly, that litearary switch and oringiality have their beginnings. during this e-book Joan McCullagh exhibits how, among 1941 and 1952, the journal charted the institution of modernism in Canadian poetry via publishing, even earlier than 1947, the most important, such a lot remarkable, and such a lot consultant choice of early forties’ poetry within the state. Her vast citation from the hitherto unbpublished correspondence among Crawley and approximately each significant poet of the 40s additionally exhibits how vital and valued a literary effect Crawley himself was once as a critic and consultant backstage.
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Pratt in Canadian Poetry Magazine: We welcome the appearance of this little sheaf of verse which constitutes Vol. 1, No. 1 of another Canadian quarterly. It is not brought out in competition or conflict with Canadian Poetry Magazine, as its main concern is with contemporary techniques while our own magazine. . has tried to preserve a balance between tradition and modernity. Moreover, we hail any progressive effort which would freshen the quality of our national verse. 13 The second issue of Contemporary Verse—longer but less impressive, less bold than the first—was ready by December.
M. Klein in 1947, Klein wrote to thank him, saying "It was most gratifying for me to know that the poems which you were reading were being heard across Canada," and adding: I think too that you are to be congratulated upon the very impressive delivery which you gave to these verses, and I particularly was touched by the poems that you chose. Concluding your reading with "Jerusalem Next Year, Next Year Jerusalem" was to my mind a particularly effective gesture. (AC, 16 May 1947) Livesay's reviews are not impartial like Crawley's.
K. and Kay Smith. After combining with Western Free Lance—a Vancouver magazine that had published its first, and only, issue in September 1942—Sutherland thought that First Statement would be a truly representative national magazine, but there was no apparent change. Earle Birney, for example, never appeared in First Statement (or in Preview), nor did Dorothy Livesay, who commented, long afterwards in 1969, on the eastern bias of First Statement: In Canada we've been rifled by cliques, and we still are you know.
Alan Crawley and contemporary verse by J. McCullagh