Army Builds Men and Poets|
May Be New Soldier Slogan
Change Considered to Capitalize Work of Doughboy's Poet Laureate
About TenEyck Van Deusen
Syracuse Herald, 31 Jul 1927, p33
New York, July 30. - The United States Army recruiting service is not seriously considering a change in its well known slogan that, "The United States Army Builds Men,"
and adding thereto the concluding phrase, "and Poets," in order to capitalize fully and properly upon the talent of the Service's poet laureate,
Ten Eyck Van Deusen, who, while still wearing the olive drab, has invaded the inmost shrines of Greenwich Village with his verse, and who is now bringing out his first volume,
"The Painted Lady," which is slated to appear in the September categories.
Although he has often been on programs for reading of original verse at gatherings of Greenwich Village's poetic intelligentia, and appeared with
Mary Carolyn Davies,
Eli Siegal, and
he made his first strictly public appearance at a recital at the Greenwich Inn, under the auspices of Henry Harrison, recently.
He read a number of selections from his forthcoming volume, "The Painted Lady,"
which will include "And There Came a Dancer," and "Convent of the Guns."
Van Deusen, by his own admission, is strictly a military product from the poetic standpoint.
He first began seeking expression through the medium of verse while trooping with the colors in the Phillippine Islands, assimilating the color of the tropics.
Although he has "soldiered" extensively throughout the continental limits of the United States since then, and spent a term as a student at the University of Illinois
between enlistments, all his verse still savors of the Oriental in setting and moves with a martial rhythm - the influence of his years in the Islands.
Because he is a poet, Van Deusen is no less a soldier.
He is on duty at Governors Island, where he does his bit toward the carrying on of the Army's business first; after that he is a poet.