In contrast to what we know as "college poetry" the sexless verse of our literary journals which feebly reflects the thought of others, is the little book of poems by Lloyd Mck. Garrison '88, which has just appeared, "Ballads of Harvard and Other Verses." Both the "Ballads" and "Other Verses" possess what the verse of no other Harvard rhymer since Ned Martin, author of "The Little Brother of the Rich," has been able to claim, originality and finish. Mr. Garrison has not bayed at the moon, but appreciating the limit of his poetic power has chosen his themes well within it, and the rcsult is not a striving but an accomplishment.
The Harvard ballads have appeared before, chiefly in the Lampoon. The two of them best known are "Holworthy Hall" and "Parks," but the best, perhaps, is an unpretentions little poem called "Love and The Law."
Among the "Other Verses" the "Two Answers to Why I Read Herrick" and "Montauk Point" illustrate the range of Mr. Garrison's serious work. "Manque," which ends the volume, is extremely fine and belies its own estimate of its author's muse. As for us we believe in the promise contained in itself, and expect greater things from the last of our Harvard poets.