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The Road to the Spring

Collected Poems of Mary Austin

edited by James Perrin Warren

Publication Year: 2014

The Road to the Spring is the first book publication of Mary Austin’s (1868–1934) poems. Best known for her prose book The Land of Little Rain (1903), Austin was in fact a poet from the beginning of her career to the end, even though she never published a volume dedicated to her own original poetry. Instead, Austin’s work came to light in collections of poetry and in prestigious journals such as Poetry, the Nation, the Forum, Harper’s, and Saturday Review of Literature, among many others. The Road to the Spring contains more than 200 poems, most of which can only be found in out-of-print books, magazines, and periodicals, and her unpublished manuscripts archived at the Huntington Library. This singular publication includes her original work, poems she claimed to have written with her grammar school pupils at the end of the nineteenth century, and her translations and “re-expressions” of Native American songs, which often diverge greatly from any other known sources. Warren includes an introduction, laying out Austin’s place in American literature and situating her writings in feminist, environmentalist, regionalist, and Native American contexts. He also includes notes for those new to Austin’s work, glossing Native terms, geographical names, and the ethnological sources of the Native songs she re-creates.

Published by: Syracuse University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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p. v-v

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Acknowledments

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pp. vi-viii

For permission to reprint poems from The American Rhythm (1923, 1930) and The Children Sing in the Far West (1928), I gratefully acknowledge Houghton Miffl in Harcourt Publishing Company. The University of Utah Press kindly gave permission to quote extensively from Mary Austin’s Southwest, edited by Chelsea Blackbird and Barney Nelson. Editors at magazines and journals whom I contacted for permission were helpful in suggesting that they no longer held copyright on Austin’s poems....

Abbreviations

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pp. ix-x

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A Note on the Texts

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pp. xi-xiv

This edition is the first collection of Mary Austin’s poems to be printed. The Mary Hunter Austin Papers at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, are the principal collection of Austin’s work and the most important source for the poems in this book. By combing through the boxes of the Austin Papers, I found numerous copies of poems printed in magazines and periodicals, as well as the...

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A Modern Chisera

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pp. 1-20

Born in 1868, Mary Austin lived through a period of signifi cant cultural transitions, beginning in a recently reunited, post-Civil War United States and ending in a global industrial power on the eve of World War Two. In literary terms, she began in the era of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Emily Dickinson and ended with the emergence of Willa Cather, H. D., and Marianne Moore. From the 1890s to...

Part 1: Book Publications

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The American Rhythm, 1923

The 1923 edition of The American Rhythm presents an intriguing mixture of texts. Austin’s long introduction is of great interest as an essay in poetics, connecting environmental, ethnic, and formal concerns. The fi rst section of poems, “Amerindian Songs (Reexpressed from the Originals),” includes twenty-three...

Amerindian Songs Re-expressed from the Originals

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pp. 25-71

Songs in the American Manner

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pp. 72-108

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The American Rhythm, 1930

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pp. 109-112

In the 1930 edition of The American Rhythm, Austin deleted six poems from the “Amerindian Songs” section and added fifteen new “re-expressions” to make a total of forty-two “Amerindian Songs.” She also added two new sections to the book: “Magic Formulas from the Cherokee” and “Tribal Lays.” These new...

Amerindian Songs Re-expressed from the Originals

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pp. 113-129

Magic Formulas from the Cherokee

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pp. 130-137

Tribals Lays

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pp. 138-144

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The Children Sing in the Far West, 1928

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pp. 145-148

In 1928 Austin brought out a second book of poems, called The Children Sing in the Far West, collecting some of her earliest published poems along with poems she had collected or written in the 1920s. Like both editions of The American Rhythm, the 1928 collection presents a range of poems from a variety...

Songs of the California Coast

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pp. 149-167

Mountain Songs

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pp. 168-184

Songs of the Southwest

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pp. 185-203

All Outdoors

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pp. 204-215

Tribal Wisdom

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pp. 216-231

Songs for Occasions

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pp. 232-251

Songs the Indians Sing

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pp. 252-266

Part Two: Maganize and Periodical Publications

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pp. 267-270

Little Light Moccasin

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pp. 271-272

Inyo

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pp. 273-274

The Feet of the Young Men

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pp. 275-276

Gods of the Saxon

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pp. 277-278

A Twilight Hill

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pp. 279-280

The Burgher's Wife [In the British Detention Camp]

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pp. 281-282

A Pipe of Oaten Straw

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pp. 283-284

The Young Leader

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pp. 285-286

The Song of the Bow

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pp. 287-288

Night Wind, Wake

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p. 289-289

A Pioneer

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pp. 290-291

The Covenant

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pp. 292-294

The Song of the Hills

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pp. 295-296

The Peace Prospect

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pp. 297-298

San Jacinto

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pp. 299-300

The Singing Dunes of Ensenada Todos Santos

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pp. 301-302

San Juan Love Song

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p. 303-303

Drouth

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pp. 304-309

Not to You Only, O Pythian

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pp. 310-311

Puye

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pp. 312-316

I Have Known Poets

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p. 317-317

Resurrection

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p. 318-318

Pressure

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p. 319-319

Sounds

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p. 320-320

Caller of Buffalo

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p. 321-321

Caller of Buffalo

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p. 322-322

Rio Abajo

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pp. 323-324

Litany for New Mexico

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pp. 325-326

Love Coming Late

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p. 327-327

Three at Carmel

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pp. 328-331

Rio Abajo

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p. 332-332

The Dark Hours

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pp. 333-336

Cold Spell

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p. 337-337

The Aged Poet Discourses

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pp. 338-341

Home Thoughts in the City

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p. 342-342

Mountain Parable

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pp. 343-344

Unpublished Poems and Fragments

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pp. 345-348

The Camp Fire

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p. 349-349

Camp Santo at San Juan

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pp. 350-351

Charm Strings

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pp. 352-353

Choyital

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pp. 354-356

[Dear are the little towns of the Sangre de Cristo]

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p. 357-357

The Field of Glory

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p. 358-358

Fossils of the Tertiary

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p. 359-359

Lady Bug

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p. 360-360

Gilia

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p. 361-361

Love Song

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pp. 362-363

Fragments of Unidentified Manuscripts

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p. 364-364

Good Medicine

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pp. 365-366

The Heaven of Songs

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pp. 367-368

How the Earth was Made at Pit River

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pp. 369-370

In Hospital

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p. 371-371

Invocation to Sleep

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pp. 372-373

[It needs not that the dead should walk]

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p. 374-374

A Lesson

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p. 375-375

[Let Me Go Forth]

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p. 376-376

Love in New England

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pp. 377-378

Love in New Mexico

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pp. 379-380

The Love of the World (1894)

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pp. 381-382

The Love of the World (1906)

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p. 383-383

[Make haste, the wukd oats say]

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p. 384-384

March

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p. 385-385

The Naughty Jesus

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p. 386-386

Song

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p. 387-387

Bartimeus

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pp. 388-389

China

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p. 390-390

Providences

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p. 391-391

Syrinx

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p. 392-392

Tears in the Night

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p. 393-393

The Mill Wheel

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pp. 394-396

Brother-the-Wolf

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pp. 397-398

[Once I heard my daffodils

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p. 399-399

[Oh my America!]

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p. 400-400

On Receiving a Book of Erotic Verse

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p. 401-401

Orchard Blossoms

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p. 402-402

The Passing of the Flocks

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pp. 403-404

Penitente Ritual

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pp. 405-406

The Procession of the Pines

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pp. 407-408

Sea Gardens

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p. 409-409

A Sea-Side Episode

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p. 410-410

The Shameful Dream

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pp. 411-412

[Small were they Twain]

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p. 413-413

A Song for the Good Moment

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p. 414-414

The Swallows

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p. 415-415

To Mary Vallette

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p. 416-416

[To the right-the mountains wide eyed-]

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p. 417-417

The Unbeliever

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pp. 418-419

Whose Children?

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p. 420-420

Wisdom

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p. 421-421

[By the Deer's Cry]

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p. 422-422

When I Am Dead

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pp. 423-426

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 427-428

Index of Titles

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pp. 429-432

Index of First Lines

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pp. 433-437

About the Author, Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780815652755
E-ISBN-10: 0815652755
Print-ISBN-13: 9780815633457
Print-ISBN-10: 0815633459

Page Count: 464
Publication Year: 2014

Series Title: N/A
Series Editor Byline: N/A