Feb. 17, 1950

Dear Earle:

It was a pleasure to get a line from you apart from the 'official' invitation.

I deliberately set apart a few nights during the last month to try to get the pressure of hydrogen off my chest. I couldn't get away from the idea and I knew the only release (if one may call it such) was through verse. You know only too well how these things get hold of one.

I managed to produce four relatively short pieces, two of which I am holding back for revision as I am not sure of their quality. I put most of the time at 'Myth and Fact' and the 'Moon' (in a satirical vein). You are welcome to one of the two if it suits the columns. Will you let me know which one, as soon as possible, and return the other. I have had several requests recently for poems. Bourinot has written three times but I haven't the material available. I may send him a short one, for my name still stands as a contributing editor taken over from your mast-head. I am asking him to remove it as I am on (four magazines a Newfoundland one, too) and the correspondence with it has become a nuisance.

I hope to have more time next year as this is my last year at the College – our retiring time being earlier than at U of T. It is possible I might get part-time lecturing here but the salary or pension is pitifully small.

My love to you, Esther & Bill and the boys at the Dept.

Ned.

I trust Turvey is smiling exultantly and not sardonically at the sales.


invitation
Birney had asked him for a poem to include in a Canadian number of Poetry Commonwealth, which Birney was editing. Pratt's 'Myth and Fact' appeared in the journal in the spring of 1951.

hydrogen
In January Pratt had been shocked by U.S. President Harry Truman's announcement that the United States would develop a hydrogen bomb.

four relatively short pieces
Besides the two short poems mentioned here, Pratt during that time also wrote 'The Good Earth' and 'Cycles.'

'Moon'
'The Unromantic Moon.'

Bourinot
Bourinot had written as editor of CPM. Pratt sent him 'The Good Earth,' published in the Summer 1950 number.

four magazines
The Newfoundland magazine was Atlantic Guardian. The others were CPM, Saturday Night and New Liberty.

last year
See the note to 'out of Vic' in the letter to Earle Birney, 10 August 1949.

U of T.
He means University College; Victoria College was a member of the federated University of Toronto.