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img306I can’t tell you why Winifred Adams Burr chose these words as the title for her book Design for Courage published in 1959 by the George Grady Press, New York. This endearing slim volume measuring 5.75 inches x 8.25 inches has a plain dust jacket with the title and author’s name and really gorgeous marbled endpapers shown above.

The book opens up with this epitaph ” By words the mind is winged”, a quotation from Aristophanes’ “The Birds”.img306AI can’t tell you much more about this poet and artist who was a descendant of the illustrious Founding Father and Second United States President John Adams and John Quincy Adams, the Sixth President of the United States from 1825-1829. Her father Dr. Frank Adams owned a house originally built in the Federal style by Elijah Nichols in the town of Royalston, Massachusetts. Her genteel poetry is hardly known now as it belongs to an earlier New England age, some of it is quite lovely. I would like to share these poems here with you.

img307She published at the Lantern Press in Brooklyn, New York. An earlier volume around 1940, with an unpaginated text and titled Jungle of the Heart which I have not seen.

img308Bimg308AThe Arkham Press in 1961, in the Five and Sleet and Candlelight, a poetry anthology, listed two of her poems.