at home with ann


Posted on: 16 February 2007

… but first, brand new pics of Boaz and Moriah, hot off the press. Just over two weeks till I see them again… countdown begins


I went online shopping a couple of weeks ago… This one hasn’t arrived yet, Always Comes Evening. It’s a collection of about 60 poems by REH released in 1957. I can’t wait, I am so excited, 60 poems…

Singers in the Shadows I now have in my grubby little paws. It was compiled and titled by REH himself in 1928. He submitted it to Albert & Charles Boni a NY publishing house, who returned it stating they were not publishing verse at that time. In 1970 Donald M Grant published an edition of 500 copies and since then it has been one of the rarest of all Howard books.

A new limited edition of 1500 copies came out in 1977… mine is No.64. Amazon has two available about $170.00 and over $200.00… I got mine for less through Powell Books, although written inside the book is $95.00, but I didn’t pay that either! Lucky me!

It is a narrow volume, with a different, dark foreboding illustrated cover; it contains only 20 poems… the writing is dark and magical and I am loving every word.


Blood and Thunder is an excellent biography, easily available and no doubt I shall be quoting it at every opportunity over at London~Love, but here’s a little taster:

“That I lived to a straight and simple creed

The whole of my wordly span

White or black or yellow I dealt

Foursquare with my fellow man.”

I’ve only dipped into it so far, but through his poetry I feel I know the man and want to learn so much more of his tragic, brilliant life… think it will be a good one for the flight.

“He was… a strange blending of Puritan and Cavalier, with a touch of the ancient philosopher and more than a touch of the pagan… A hunger in his soul drove him on and on, an urge to right all wrongs, protect all weaker things… Wayward and restless as the wind, he was consistent in only one respect — he was true to his ideals of justice and right. Such was Solomon Kane.”

Ah…. another one easily available, The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane. I was looking in the wrong place. I am lapping it up, although there are actually only two poems in it; two versions of Solomon Kane’s Homecoming and The One Black Stain but REH’s writing is poetic and potent and I am eagerly working my way through the stories.

“The eyes of the bandit were hard, almost opaque with a curious scintillant shallowness that reflected a thousand changing lights and gleams, like some strange gem; there was mockery in those eyes, cruelty and recklessness.”

“The eyes of the man in black, on the other hand, deep-set and staring from under prominent brows, were cold but deep; gazing into them, one had the impression of looking into countless fathoms of ice.”

“Now the eyes clashed, and the Wolf, who was used to being feared, felt a strange coolness on his spine. The sensation was new to him — a new thrill to one who lived for thrills and he laughed suddenly.”

The writer himself… Robert E Howard
Superbly portrayed by Vincent D’Onofrio in The Whole Wide World

I can’t begin to thank everyone enough who responded to my cry for help and for your recommendations and for putting me in the right direction; I am truly grateful. I still have on my shopping list, Echoes From An Iron Harp, Shadows of Dreams, and the Gertrude Alson book of Modern American Poetry of Robert E Howard (1933)… patience, all in good time.

A question for the weekend… has anyone else seen a biopic of someone they had never heard of, or knew little about, but was so moved to learn more?

Right, back to the kitchen sink for me now…. I wish you all a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom.


28 Responses to "THIS WEEKEND’S READING"

Have a good weekend Ann,Two weeks will go by in a flash!

Hi Ann
It’s been a while!
I have been away from blogging for a while now…just now getting around to visiting all who visited me in my absence.
I hope to be back posting by Sunday.
Hope all is well with you.

love the pictures of Boaz and Moriah…they are so beautiful!
You get to see them again soon…
how wonderful!

Shabbat Shalom…
have a wonderful weekend!


Shabbat Shalom.

Just beautiful babies, I can’t believe it is only two more weeks!!

Very neat that you were able to find the books after such searching.



Can’t wait to see these new poems show up on your poetry blog. Don’t get to see my grandson for about 2 months so I envy you your 2 weeks:)

Did you ever manage to contact that guy at the Family Records Centre to see if he had any information?

Wonderful! I’m SO excited for you and look forward to you sharing more of Bob’s work. Have a great weekend.

Have a great weekend Ann! I cannot believe Moriah is up on 2 feet already. You must be over the moon about getting to see them again in a couple of weeks!!

I’ll keep my eyes peeled for the books you still need as I go antiquing/thrift shopping a lot.

hey! i’m so glad you found them! hope you enjoy your weeked, much reading involved no doubt;)

btw-i forgot to tell you, call me dim or in my defense, too busy-but i have just recently discovered hannala!! i am in their early life right now, i think i just got to feb 2006. but i’m having a great time with it:) i’ve tried several times to subscribe but for some reason it won’t work for me. anyhoo-just wanted to let you know i think it’s great!!

bryde… yeah and I’ll be back home as quick as a flash too :>(

margie… welcome back; hope all is well with you now as well

rose… yeah lotsa lovely reading, probably in bed tomorrow morning… hooray

vpdzoo… how far are you away from your little one; how old is he?

val… I tried a couple of permutations. If either was right he didn’t come back to me, but thanks anyway.

diane… I’m kinda excited too.

jojo… thanks for keeping your eyes peeled for me, I really appreciate it.

fezzi… ah, but Hannala is moi. I just changed the name of my blog and my display name to me. Now I’m wondering what I wrote a year ago… hmmmm

have fun this weekend everyone

lotsa luv ann xxxxx

Hi Ann,

What adorable photos first of all!

As much as I try to read poetry, (certain types) I find I have a hard time understanding the underlying meaning. Some poems I get right off the bat, and others are so complex. I lose interest in most.

Now, the best poetry you can find is at Margie’s place! I love her poems!

Anyway, I just wanted to say have a great weekend!


haha! i was thinkin ‘why does robert e howard sound so familiar?’. duh. lol sometimes im so forgetful

when you get those poems, do us a favor and post them!

Ann he’s 3 1/2 and just moved in to his bigboy room the better to make room for his sister to be in may. They live a day away just far enough that We can’t really do it in a weekend and can’t take off work often enough:)

Oh my, Ann. I can’t believe how much little Moriah has grown! Wasn’t it just yesterday that you were posting the news of her birth?! I don’t know…I’m not getting old…but the time sure seems to keep flying πŸ˜‰ Boaz is beautiful as always…love the pics you post of the kids. Interesting stuff about REH…I appreciate the lesson. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend πŸ™‚


Love across the miles
tired wings soar ever closer
warm embrace strong arms

hi ann,

in answer to your question regarding my poem, “Mundane.” This piece simply conveys a love lost, over, finished, no more conversation, no more feelings, no more anything…the end!


Well I don’t know about the biopic thing, but I am certainly moved to see WWW now and find out more about
R E Howard. Ann, perhaps you’ll start a movement whereas he will become so popular that his out of print stuff will be republished. Could happen…

Ecstatic for you to have landed those rare book finds of poetry (ahhhhh!!!( and at a bargain!) I LOVE editions of certain books I’m also looking for and wish I had thte time to search places recommended to me. I’ll check my files to see if I have any suggestions for you for those you are still hunting down.

Do you like handsigned copies? I LOVE handsigned copies by the author, especially when I’ve heard the author speak.

Darling photos. Always enjoy what you share of your family. πŸ™‚
(Belated Shabbat Shalom, condering out time zone difference.)

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the poetry.
(Do you participate in “Sun. Scribblings?)

Oops, forgot to answer your weekend question to us.
Yes, I’ve seen a biopic of someone unkwown to me and been compelled to find out more. There have been many so I can’t think of someone off the top of my head, but as soon as I read the paper this morning or browse the net or especially as I’m “lost” in a library or bookstore, that feeling surrounds me. It’s an interesting mystery to uncover more info and I’m naturally very inquisitive and love to read.

Lovely pics! Hope you enjoyed your reading.

What an interesting post, Ann – and now I want to read more of his works – especially after your exerpt about the eyes… great stuff!

BTW, I’d like to introduce you to a book shop online I use when I can’t find something easily/ cheaply called Sprint Books. I did a quick search on your Robert E Howard, and thought you might be interested in the list of books they have: here! (It looks like a good wide range! πŸ™‚ )

The babies are beautiful as ever. Good for you that you are getting to see them again. And congrats on finding the book you were seeking. I must say Vincent D’Onofrio bears a striking resemblance to Robert Howard.

Sorry I didn’t get in to wish you a Shabbat Shalom, but Shavuah Tov and hope all is well.

goshhh some very cute bubbas there!


You have some lovely grandchildren … will you have time to read? :o)

Late again,sorry 😦

The babies look as beautiful as ever.Hope you have loads of fun and cuddles when you visit.

Funny you should ask that question,I’ve just got Letters From The Underground,and a biography on The Newton Brothers.I’m waiting very impatiently for Novalyne’s book to arrive,too.Have you visited the REH Forum? fascinating place

Eliza xxxxx

Very nice. I have always comes evening, but I’d love to get my grubby hands on the rest πŸ˜›

the kids are as cute as ever, shame they have to grow up.

Hi Ann,my names dana,I just started my first blog.It is a poem about my daughter,Lillian.As you might already know,i love Vincent also.I love your writeings,i have a few adaptations and or scripts to add to the show.You have a unique writeing style.It keeps me intrigued.Now to anser your question,yes i do have a biography/ movie that moved me to tears.It was that of Robert E. Howard/The Whole Wide World,likewise. I hope to hear back from you asap. Keep up the excellence! Sincerely,Dana

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