Still More Critiques of the Writing of Mabel Law Atkinson
I see many things in the poems of Mabel Law Atkinson; pictures, places, people—love and beauty and kindliness. Her "Portrait" to Rexford and Margery Sharp is a camera poised on a willow—a view beyond the door. —Bessie Glen Buchanan, 3741 Mentone Ave, L.A. 34
The Way Illumined is an excellent tribute to our fine president. Thank you, Mabel Law Atkinson. —Grace Shattuck Bail
The Way Illumined is a splendid poem—a noble telling of a priceless incident. —Enid Daniel Jones, 841 W. Seaside, Long Beach 2, Cal.
The Way Illumined is an unusually fine poem and seems divinely inspired. —Mildred W. Bradley, 4447 Calhoun Ave., Sherman Oaks, Cal.
Sincere compliments on your continued remarkable success with your writing talents. You are really very superior and your talents are blessing the lives of many people.
I admire you greatly as a strong character, and I know you will never give up, but continue to go on striving from day to day the best you can and that best will be much better than most people could possibly do in similar situations and conditions. Your spirit will never by broken (See Proverbs 17:22) —Love, Reuben [Law]
The Way Illumined—Great things are built on dreams like this. The last two lines give this fine poem the "immortal touch" which makes it so effective. Thank you for writing the "vision" for us. —Leona Hamilton, 1217 S. Kennedy, Tyler, Texas
His Feet Must Wisely Lead—another lovely poem by Mabel Law Atkinson. — Thelma Allinder
Twilight Symphony—Beautifully worded, musical and has lovely imagery. —Ida F. Combest
To the Shrine of Our Birth is outstanding. Will keep for future use. —Rexford Sharp
The Way Illumined—Always an interesting topic well portrayed from her facile pen. —Ethel E. Mann, 95 Court, St. Ignace, Mich.
The Way Illumined— "Your wonderful poem is thrilling. My own great grandfather left 'Crimson footprints in the snow' at Valley Forge. We all have heard that Washington knelt in the snow, in the bitter cold to pray. But only you have set it in perfect lyrics. I predict that this poem will live. With deep thankfulness for your contribution." —Edna Wiltse Schunk
The Way Illumined— "I had never known till reading your fine 'The Way Illumined' that such a vision had come to Geo. Washington at Valley Forge. Surely he needed such sustaining assurance, and how faithful he was to the vision, never faltering in spite of the greatest hardships and trials! The President now stands in a time of even greater perils. May similar assurance be his. I think you have a lovely poem here." —R. J. Richardson
With Never a Backward Glance— "An inspiring interpretation of that universal theme." —Charline Hayes Brown
Portrait (To Rexford and Marjorie Sharp)— "Dear Editor Sharp: I just had to take time out and send a comment your way. the poem by Mabel Law Atkinson entitled: "Portrait" is wonderful. The beautiful innuendo it carries is splendidly expressed. I have always loved the portrait but found it hard to ably express just how I felt. Mabel has spoken for the many of us who appreciate the portrait, and its perpetual Christmas greeting, and her line: 'Now is of eternity' carries a haunting implication." — Viola Randall Long, 2436 N. Wygant Street, Portland 11, Oregon
Josephs in World Egypt— I like the thought in this poem. What a prolific writer you are! — Lucy-Leone Marsch
The Way Illumined touches the greatness of the vision that inspired it. Truly inspirational. In Portrait you express fundamental truths—"now is of eternity." —Charline Hayes Brown, Monroe, La.
Faith of Our Pioneer Mothers— A truly great poem— Mary Boyd Wagner, 321 E. 43rd St., N.Y.
Poet-Teacher is a painting that reminds one of a beacon whose flame extends far out into the night— Margie B. Boswell, 2033 Wilshire Blvd., Fort Worth 10, Texas
When Autumn Flames— Such a nice way of preserving the delight of spring‐ too often deplored by poets. — A.M. Clendenning
Magdalene and the Child— I think it is one of the most remarkable poems I have ever read. You have re-created a well-known character in the words she speaks. You have used free verse, because a strict pattern would have been a jingle. The words of Mary Magdalene come from her heart. It would make any reader, I should think, feel a new sympathy. In contrast with the woman, we have the innocent child, and finally the Christ in her memory who forgave her sins and changed her life. The details of her sinning are words of repentance for the past. Your last three lines are a beautiful and suggestive ending. —Snow Longley Housh
Mabel Law Atkinson: To me Poet-Teacher is one of the best finished poems in the spring A. B., and the terze rima, too! What a lovely person must the subject be and how charmed and thrilled with this loving tribute from so gifted a poet! I have no doubt that you and Frances are continuing to reap well-earned laurels in fields of poetry and prose. I prize that picture of you both so kindly sent a few months ago in the clipping. You are often in my thoughts, both of you. God bless you! — R. J. Richardson, 4403 Walnut St., Rte. 1, Soquel, Calif.
Mabel Law Atkinson: By mischance I forgot you have two poems I want to thank you for in the spring Bard, the second being With April's Returnwhich brought you third prize. It is a dear little poem, full of the atmosphere of spring and the joy it offers to the listening and receptive heart. I think it must give you much solace for your pain to write such poetry. It spreads to others the sweetness of your spirit. —R. J. Richardson, 4403 Walnut St., Rte. 1, Soquel, Calif.
Mabel Law Atkinson:
May I congratulate you on winning second prize in the Dactyllic Sonnet Contest. Margie was here shortly after judging the entries, and she said that it was difficult for her to decide between yours and Lillian Dirksen's.
When my April, May, June copy came, I glanced through it, and your poem, With Hands That Are White, was the first one that caught my eye. I read it over the telephone to a poet friend, Carol Myers, and she paid me one of the greatest compliments that I have ever received. She said, "Why that sounds like something you might have written." I am sure that she meant that the sentiments sounded like mine; I could never frame my thoughts so exquisitely.
I have read and admired many other things of yours.
Edna Wiltse Schunk
I Wear His Lei by Mabel Law Atkinson
It is through the fixed and difficult forms that the hand of the master craftsman shows genius. Never have I seen this fact more forcefully illustrated than in this beautiful poem. It flows as naturally as prose, yet has great depth and beauty.
Laurel Crown— A beautiful word portrait, a very beautiful silver-penned tribute in memoriam to Virginia Cummins. —Ruth Powell Singer, 5233 Ben Ave., North Hollywood, California
Laurel Crown— A lovely poem in memoriam ... with superlative climax. —Elizabeth S. Osgood, Osprey, Florida