JENNINGS, ELIZABETH (1926-2001)
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPTS OF THREE POEMS:
(i) TWO AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPTS OF HER APPARENTLY UNPUBLISHED POEM 'TREATMENT FOR THE MIND (DEEP PSYCHOTHERAPY)', 18 lines each, one with the addition to the title in parenthesis, the first with a number of revisions incorporated in the other, both signed ('Elizabeth Jennings' and 'EJ'), 2 pages, quarto, one dated 12 October 1964
There is no place in me for cleverness,
Simply a questioning; I'm like a child...
...More often I feel drawn
Into a maze that has no centre and
Sends me down every frightening cul de sac...
PROBABLY UNPUBLISHED: this poem does not appear in Elizabeth Jennings: The Collected Poems, edited by Emma Mason, 2012 or in Selected Poems, 1979 or Collected Poems, 1986. Elizabeth Jennings suffered a mental breakdown in the 1960s.
(ii) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPTS OF HER MUCH-ANTHOLOGISED 'SONG IN THE BEGINNING OF AUTUMN' AND 'SONG IN WINTER' (the latter scored through and very different from the printed version preserving reconsidered readings); the first with an earlier title 'Song in Autumn', beginning ''Now watch this autumn that arrives / In smells. All looks like summer still...', 24 and 27 lines respectively, written in pencil, 4 pages, quarto [not dated, but included in 'A Way of Looking', 1955]
(iii) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF 'THE JUMP', 16 lines in four four-line stanzas, signed ('Elizabeth Jennings'), about suicide, beginning 'They say there was no plan. Why are they sure?...', 1 page, quarto, not dated
The poems in (ii) and (iii) are published in The Collected Poems, 2012.