June 8, 1945
My friends are devouring your wonderful Introduction. Every substantial review has referred to its warmth and high spirits. I reply that the Introduction is just Bill Benét, my most loved American friend. The 'boys' chortle and chuckle over some of your paragraphs.
I am enclosing the last thing I have done. It is appearing in MacLean's Magazine (Canadian) next week and will be recited over the air through the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation next Tuesday evening, June 12 at 10.15.
I was hoping first that I could submit it to an American publication, as MacLean's have only the Canadian rights, but I imagine that its prior appearance anywhere else would destroy its chance in an American magazine. I should like, however, to get the larger audience for it at least in sections. In any case, I shall be glad if you personally will like it.
In a week's time I am off to Halifax and expect to spend some time on a destroyer at the invitation of the Naval Department of Education. They have asked me to write a poem on the 'Haida' one of the Tribal Destroyers in the Canadian Navy. I shall be gone six weeks, and it might take me a year afterwards to do the job as it involves the study of the convoy system. This mission is a bit confidential as the war is still on with Japan and I cannot give names for publication. The stuff on its raw sides is hot.
I shall write you later when I get any dramatic information.
I spent last Tuesday night in Buffalo. The Phi Beta Kappa of the University of Buffalo invited me to give the address at the annual meeting I spoke on 'The Titanic, a study in irony' and read excerpts from the poem. The Buffalowans are grand people. I love Americans anyway. You created my taste.