Happy Friday, everyone. Back in December, Ginia Belafante wrote about the poet Phyllis McGinley for the New York Times Book Review. In case you missed it, here is a link. The article is well worth your time; Bellafante presents McGinley, who also wrote children's books, as a kind of anti-Richard Yates, who put a torch to suburbia in his novel Revolutionary Road.
Full versions of the poems are hard to find online. I can't even locate any at the Academy of American Poets or the Poetry Foundation, and The New Yorker keeps her work under lock and key in its archives. A few blogs have re-printed some poems since that Times article, apparently without copyright permission, though.
Luckily for local readers, my town's library here still has a copy of McGinley's Times Three: Selected Verse from Three Decades, Plus Seventy New Poems (Viking, 1960), which I read recently. The collection is a fascinating window on its times and New York City suburb setting. Look for it in the 821's.
The blog Adventures in Daily Living rounds up all the Poetry Friday posts today.