Aug 12 Friday

Another morning checking cross-copying of poems1: then packed them up.
Heavy sunless weather.
A walk with Alan to the station & back across country.
The M. problem has rather taken the taste out of things.
Telephone men came with wires & promises.
Dictionary: exploring words. Found myself staring at a word-group – minutiae & smithereens
Getting hot water for a hot water[RG] bottle for Laura about 11 o clock I answered 'yes' unthinkingly to a voice that addressed me as Marthe. This kitchen ghost Beryl already knows: it left an old fashioned poker on the stove; which disappeared when she touched it.

Editorial Notes

Hands Referenced

    • Annotation: ink correction
    • Character: regular
    • Ink: black

People Mentioned

  • Montague Simmonds

    Simmons, Montague
    poet, and civil servant in the children's branch of the Home Office; m. to Dorothy Simmons, the sculptress RPG
  • Alan

    Hodge, Alan
    Oxford history graduate. Became close friends with LR & RG. First husband of Beryl Graves. CP & WG
  • Laura

    Riding, Laura
    (1901-91) American poet. Laura Riding (née Reichenthal; then Laura Gottschalk).
  • Beryl

    Pritchard, Beryl
    daughter of Harry and Amy Pritchard, R.G.'s second wife. Formerly married to Alan Hodge. Robert and Beryl had four children: William, Lucia, Juan and Tomas. eds


    • Title: Collected Poems [1938]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London, Toronto, Melbourne & Sydney
    • Publisher: Cassell and Co. Ltd
    • Idno: A48
    • Date: 1938
    • Title: Dictionary [projected project; unfinished]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1935