The Letter and All the Notes Stuffed in My Secondhand Copy of Huntsman, What Quarry?
- •I bought this first edition of Edna St. Vincent Millay's Huntsman, What Quarry? at a used bookstore earlier this year.
- •Title Page"My dear: This should have reached you on June 17, your birthday, but I was called out of town to the bedside of an ill friend. x Sometimes - often - I wonder whether you care a damn or just want to be nice and polite. I care a lot - a whole lot, but I just can't force myself on anybody. But Barkis is always willin' and waitin'. Sincerely, D.G."
- •(Okay what kind of person writes a love note and signs off with sincerely??)
- •Our D.G. isn't done.I, too, write verse, or so they say- but in a book by Miss Millay. June 17, 1939 D.G.
- •Pressed inside is this poem.
- •When you flip through, you find this:
- •Which marks this poem and this pageAnd I like to think sometimes that this is the book recipient's response to D.G.
- •Something was here, but it was lost before the book came to me.Or maybe the book's owner loved D.G. after all. The text supports both interpretations.