Yes oh Yes on this day in 1898 Harry Crosby was born and Yes oh Yes we here celebrate the oh Yes quasquicentennial oh Yes of his birth and oh Yes oh Yes please do join the party!
Here is a short poem by Crosby from Transit of Venus, his fourth collection. First published in 1928 by his and his wife Caresse’s Black Sun Press, the book was republished in 1929 and again in 1931, with a preface by T.S. Eliot, as a part of the posthumous Crosby Collected Poems. This particular poem -- “All That Is Beautiful” -- is the third in the book. It most definitely lives up to its title. It is convincingly positive, a lovely love poem, and, in the end, a supremely Crosby-confident affirmation and celebration of the remarkable power of desire and passion. So Yes oh Yes here it is for you:
Harry Crosby, sitting in the Sun
While deep within our hearts . . .
Strange fire growing young . . .