July 27, 1942

Dear Eugenie:

I have just read your 'Hearing a Far Call,' and I think it is quite good. It is true enough that tenderness is an outstanding quality of your verse. You have also a sense of the concrete – distinct colours, smells, objects and so forth. Doris has this to an unusual degree as well. Avoid as much as possible the pallid abstractions.

I think that you could develop the dramatic side of your verse. You would probably have more success here than in the lyrical. The conclusion is the most powerful part of the poem.

It is hard to get poetry in print nowadays and harder still to place it on a market.

My best regards to yourself and Doris.
E.J.P.