FLETCHER, JOHN GOULD (1886-1950, American poet)
AUTOGRAPH DRAFT OF HIS POEM 'THE SKATERS', signed ('John Gould Fletcher'), 5 lines, inscribed to 'A.D.R.', with revisions to three lines preserving reconsidered readings, 1 page, oblong octavo, somewhat browned, not dated
Black swallows swooping or gliding
In a flung of entangled loops and curves;
The skaters skim over the frozen river,
And the grinding click of their skates as they impinge upon the surface,
So like the brushing together of their wing-tips of silver.
Any manuscript material by Fletcher is rare; no poetical manuscripts by him have been sold at auction. Publication of this poem has not been traced.
PROVENANCE: Glenn Horowitz.