Your letter and batch just came to my office. I do not think that any one of these poems deserves a prize. It is not enough for the writers to have social passion: they should know how to channel it. 'The Vats' is the best for its imagery but the piece is greatly marred by that weakly-phrased reiteration 'Don't speak to me of war.' Besides, the protest has a note of a scream, too melodramatic.
P.S. As soon as we get domestic help we are going to give you & Esther a party. We haven't forgotten you.