Elsa Barker Poems
- The Frozen Grail (To Peary and his men, before the last ...
- When I Am Dead And Sister To T... When I am dead and ...
- The Mystic Rose I’ WOMAN, am that wonder-breathing rose ...
- The Slumberer O THOU mysterious One, lying asleep Within ...
- Microprosopos BEHIND the orient darkness of thine eyes, The...
- He Who Knows Love HE who knows Love—becomes Love, and his ...
Elsa Barker (1869–1954) was an American novelist, short-story writer and poet. She became known for three books Letters from a Living Dead Man (1914), War Letters from the Living Dead Man (1915), and Last Letters From the Living Dead Man (1919), that she said were messages from a dead man produced through automatic writing.
Barker was born in 1869 in Leicester, Vermont. Her parents both... more »
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The Frozen Grail
(To Peary and his men, before the last expedition)
Why sing the legends of the Holy Grail,
The dead crusaders of the Sepulchre,
While these men live? Are the great bards all dumb?
Here is a vision to shake the blood of Song,
And make Fame's watchman tremble at his post.
What shall prevail against the spirit of man,
When cold, the lean and snarling wolf of hunger,
The threatening spear of ice-mailed Solitude,
Silence, and space, and ghostly-footed Fear
Prevail not? Dante, in his frozen hell
Shivering, endured no bleakness like the void ...