Lyric verse, including the long poem, "The gift outright", read by the poet at President Kennedy's inauguration.
Pod of the milkweed Away! Cabin in the clearing Closed for good America is hard to see One more brevity Escapist-never For John F. Kennedy his Inauguration Cluster of Faith: Accidentally on purpose Never naught song Version Concept self-conceived Forgive, O Lord Kitty Hawk Auspex Draft horse Ends Peril of hope Questioning faces Does no one at all ever feel this way in the least? Bad island-Easter Our doom to bloom Objection to being stepped on A-wishing well How hard it is to keep from being king when it's in you and in the situation Lines written in dejection on the eve of great success Milky Way is a cowpath Some science fiction Quandary: Quandary Reflex In a glass of cider From iron Four-room shack aspiring high But outer space On being chosen poet of Vermont We vainly wrestle with the blind belief It takes all sorts of in and outdoor schooling In winter in the woods alone.
With half-title. Page 7 has lines 219-224 and 246-257 of 'Kitty Hawk' in italics (called 'But God's Own Descent' in the contents.--Cf. Crane. Slate gray cloth boards with the spine stamped in silver lettering from top to bottom. "Jacket photograph by David H. Rhinelander."
Gotham Book Mart Collection copy has dustjacket retained. Gotham Book Mart Collection copy has bookplate "Ex Libris Malcolm Harkness Mills" on front pastedown. Culture Class Collection copy has dustjacket retained. Culture Class Collection copy is "Second Printing, March, 1962". Athenaeum copy: No. 544 of 1500 copies, signed by the author. Athenaeum copy: Sinkler bequest. Athenaeum copy: In slipcase. Potok Collection copy presented to the Penn Libraries by Adena Potok. Potok Collection copy: dust jacket retained. Potok Collection copy has autograph of "Herman Potok January 1963 Philadelphia". Potok Collection copy has "First Edition" statement wanting.