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Challenging "the chance in a while to qualify this dismal influence with a collection of lighter, cynical-frivolous photographs (I have a number of them for you)" (PMP: 5/14/20). A yr later he despatched a brand new batch, characterizing every one poem for Monroe with phrases akin to "nostalgic," "facilepretty," "old-fashioned eroticism," and "impertinent" (6/30/21). In one other letter he defined poems starting from "mordant or hopeless" to "thumbnail symbolic issues" to "the ordinary sentimental things," even though with reference to the final he wrote: "I wish i've got kept away from treacle" (10/28/18). but along with his penchant for the facile-pretty, the nostalgic, and the sentimental, Sapir had trouble warding off treacle. Monroe criticized his poems for his or her loss of "hardness," as did Kroeber: I see no facts of whatever irregular or tortured or warped on your paintings. It particularly comes out fresh and neat. All i do not see is the force at the back of that makes the product compact and difficult and arresting.... You obviously have nice sensitiveness towards pictures. They run away with you over and 3 pages. however the depth of emotion that cuts them out and burns them in is not there. (1111/19, in Golla 1984:294) Sapir used to be appreciative of Kroeber's analyzing, yet he defended himself to Monroe, going as far as to recommend softness in a critique of her editorial biases: "Why now not search for hardness within the soft-textured stuff (better, soft-surfaced) too? such a big amount of bluff round nowadays! " (PMP: 5/14/20). Sapir's poetic voice tended to be tender and nostalgic, at the one hand, or aloof and distanced, at the different. as a minimum, it lacked that depth and "hardness" which used to be widespread, but which he equated with "bluff. " As we will see, "bluff" for Sapir was once symptomatic of spurious character, epitomized within the distorted sexuality of girls meaning to hardness. 143 full of life MALE AND ASPIRING lady The intercourse challenge in the United States either Sapir and Benedict used poetry to specific the ache of marriages unraveling. Benedict, who stated that her husband rejected her sexually (Modell 1983: 131-32), wrote poems which are cries of ardour annoyed: Weep yet for this: that we're blind With ardour who've been clear-eyed As planets after rain: and recognize not any grief, who cross simply to see love crucified. (Mead 1959:71) Or, reverting to the imagery of slicing flame, she wrote in an undated magazine access: "There is just one challenge in lifestyles: that fireplace upon our flesh shall burn as a knife that cuts to the bone, and pleasure strip us like a unadorned blade" (Mead 1959:154). Sapir, too, wrote of demise love and annoyed ardour, yet he additionally explored the happier points of romance. unlike Benedict's poems, Sapir's are likely to objectify his state of affairs, permitting him to face except it and study its a variety of emotional and mental parts. As Mead and Modell have famous, in the course of those tricky years in their lives, Benedict and Sapir became to one another, utilizing poetry-which either aspired to publish-to speak what couldn't be simply mentioned in much less stylized modes.