- Gregory, Horace
Chelsea Rooming House
Covici Friede, New York, 1930, Cloth, , First Edition, Fair /No Jacket
65 pp. Severe rubbing to corners and edges, spine darkened and missing pieces at top and bottom. A contemporary review by Eda Lou Walton laid in at rear with attendant darkening of end papers. Nicely printed at the Stratford Press in New York on unidentified laid paper, now with slight tanning to edges. Pages clean but for three small coffeelike stains on pp. 26-27, not affecting text. Contents: CHELSEA ROOMING HOUSE: The Sailor; The Young Wife; A Boy of Twenty; Hagen; Prisoner's Song; Rachel; Dilemma on Twenty-Third Street; Husbandry; The Medium; Love Song: Twenty-Third Street. O METAPHYSICAL HEAD: O Metaphysical Head; Dempsey, Dempsey; Longface Mahoney Discusses Heaven; Bridgewater Jones: Impromptu in a Speakeasy; Advice; Time and Isidore Lefkowitz; Jesse James, The Preacher's Son; McAlpin Garfinkel, Poet; Columbo Dominico; No Cock Crows at Morning; Epithalamium 1930; Interior: The Suburbs; Hellbabies. PRONOUN ''I'': I.; II.; III.; IV. O Mors AEterna; V. Unfriendly Discourse; VI. Flora; VII. Listen Friend; V. Praise Out of Season; IX. Homestead; X. Ladies Exit; XI. ''Knock down the big boss, / o, my little Dempsey, / my beautiful Dempsey / with that Godinheaven smile / and quick, god's body leaping, / not afraid, leaping, rising- / hit him again, he cut my pay check, Dempsey. / My God, Dempsey's down- / he cut my pay check- / Dempsey's down, down, / the bastards are killing Dempsey. / Listen, they made me go to war / and somebody did something wrong to my wife / while I was gone. / Hit him again Dempsey, don't be a quitter / like I am Dempsey, / o, for Jesus Christ, I'm out. / I can't get up, I'm dead, my legs / are dead, see, I'm no good, / they got me and I'm out, / down for the count, / I've quit, quit again, / only God save Dempsey, make him get up again, / Dempsey, Dempsey.''--from Dempsey, Dempsey.