Hermetic.com » Aleister Crowley » Vanity Fair


The javascript bookmark tool appears to not be working or you have javascript disabled  

Like this page on Facebook

Like THL on Facebook


+1 this page on Google

+1 THL on Google



The javascript metadata tool appears to not be working or you have javascript disabled



Join the
Hermetic Library discussions
at the

Hrmtc Underground BBS




A FEW COMMENTS by the Judge of the Contest

Vanity Fair, December, 1915, Vol. 5 No. 4, p 47

Decorations by Gordon Aymar

Most delicious Mr. Editor:

I am altogether delighted to see that upon this occasion the golden-tongued poets of the Occident were able to confine their Hokku birds to the cage of thought. nearly all of them, in their Hokkus, suggested the subject, a maiden deciding between love and duty, and basing her decision upon the omen of a bee alighting upon a rose.

But alas! The arrangement of short and long syllabic quantities is still very puzzling to the Vanity Fair poets.

For example, Miss Winifred Waldron, 1219 Randolf Street, north Glendale, Cal., wrote as follows:

“Bringer of pollen,
Tender task is thy love-flight!

Love is my duty.”

What phrase magic! How like a spider’s web glistening with dew in the early morning sunlight! But one syllable is long where it should be short,—the word “flight.” What a pity! For the solution of the girl’s indecision between love and duty is so cleverly managed.

B. A. Keiser, Washburn House, Northhampton, Mass., also saw the same solution but in his verse, too, there is a faulty line—the last.

“Love is my duty—

Give, O Heart to the king-bee,

Whine of thy deep soul.”

And so, Mr. Editor, I have decided to give the first prize to Miss Alice Maxwell Appo, 11 Dominick Street, New York. She has caught the delightful spirit of Hokku-concentration and she has the feeling for quantities. Her choice of duty over love is sweetly suggested. She said:

“Toiler of ages,

Culling sweetness with labor,

I thy disciple”

The second prize is awarded to Arthur Powell, of Stratford, Conn. His Hokku, too, is very Hokku-worthy.

“Passionate flower,

Yielding sweets to thy lover,

God smiles upon thee!”

Honorable mention goes to Winifred Waldron, A. J. Gude, T. L. Ryan, B. A. Keiser, Helen F. Driver and Kenneth F. H. Underwood.


Index | Bernard Shaw on Self Effacement | Aleister Crowley: Mystic and Mountain Climber | Vampire Women | The Hokku—a New Verse Form | A Hindu at the Polo Grounds | Colloque Sentimental | With Muted Strings | The Prize Winners of the Hokku Contest | Three Little Prose Poems | The Hokku Winners | Six Little Poems in Prose | The Nonsense About Vers Libre | Three Great Hoaxes of the War | Anna of Havana | To a Brunette | Ratan Devi: Indian Singer | On the Management of Blondes | The Origin of the Game of Pirate Bridge | What’s Wrong with the Movies?

Home | Features | Fellows | Figures | Forms | Reflections

Hermetic.com | About | Contact | Participate | Become a Patron

Hermetic Hosting | Hermeneuticon | Hrmtc Underground

Hosted by Hermetic.com

— fileinfo: path: '../hermetic.com/crowley/vanity-fair/the-hokku-winners.html' created: 2016-03-15 modified: 2016-03-15 …


If you have found this material useful or enlightening, you may also be interested in


Ordo Templi Orientis, O.T.O., and the O.T.O. Lamen design are registered trademarks of Ordo Templi Orientis.


All copyrights on Aleister Crowley material are held by Ordo Templi Orientis. This site is not an official O.T.O. website, and is neither sponsored by nor controlled by Ordo Templi Orientis.

The text of this Aleister Crowley material is made available here only for personal and non-commercial use. This material is provided here in a convenient searchable form as a study resource for those seekers looking for it in their research. For any commercial use, please contact Ordo Templi Orientis.

  • Last modified: 2016/03/15 19:03
  • (external edit)