Editor of the Lyric, the oldest magazine in North America devoted to traditional poetry, Leslie Mellichamp is the author of scores of poems, essays, and short stories that appeared in the 1950s and '60s in such places as Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, the Saturday Review, the Ladies' Home Journal, and the Georgia Review. Believing with the gifted contributors who have kept the Lyric alive since 1921 that the roots of a living poetry lie in music and the common life rather than the fragmented bizarre, that rhyme, structure, and lucidity are timeless attributes of enduring poetry, the author offers these lyrics as tributes to life's ancient ironies, the earth's patient resilience, the impudence of lovers, the wondrous eyes of children, and the cunning of that soft-shoed thief, Time.
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Leslie Mellichamp was born in 1921, the same year as the Lyric, the poetry magazine with which his name has been associated for thirty years, and of which he has been the Editor since 1977. When not in the classroom teaching courses ranging from electrical engineering to intellectual history to Shakespeare, he could usually be found playing the bass fiddle with local bluegrass or jazz bands, or lying, often sober, under his 1953 Studebaker Commander. He gardens and cuts wood. Betsy, his wife of forty years, occasionally threatens to wash his mouth out with soap or to resign as Managing Editor of the Lyric -- both with perfect justice. Their three children, Jean, Nancy, and David, are scattered from New Orleans to Vermont to Italy. He retired, unrepentant, from the history department at Virginia Tech in 1985.
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Book Description Pocahontas Press, Blacksburg, VA, 1987. Paperback. Book Condition: VG. Not ex-lib. Softcover in illustrated peach and brown wraps, 8vo. 127pp. VG. Bump with short crease and curl at extreme upper corner front wrap, associated light curl tips of upper croerns through first half of volume, well away from text. Else Fine: clean, bright, square and unmarked. Bookseller Inventory # 027711
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