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Forthcoming in the September 2018 issue of Notes and Queries, my note identifying Clare Harner as the author of "Immortality" is now available online with other "Advance articles":


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Immortality in Kansas City

Found this item too late for inclusion in my Notes and Queries article (forthcoming September 2018 but published online now). As explained therein, the reprinting of "Immortality" in the Kansas City Bar Bulletin Volume 15, Number 2 (December 1938) gave due credit on page 18 to
Clare Harner, in 'The Gypsy.' I did not guess how KC lawyer Samuel L. Trusty, the eulogist who recited "Clare Harner's beautiful little poem of 'Immortality'" at the funeral service for Benjamin D. Pugh, knew about The Gypsy: all poetry magazine where "Immortality" had appeared in the December 1934 issue. Turns out, Trusty could have copied or clipped it from the local newspaper. The entire poem was reprinted in the Kansas City Times (morning edition of the Kansas City Star) on Friday, February 8, 1935 and attributed, just as in the Kansas City Bar Bulletin more than three years later, to
Clare Harner, in 'The Gypsy.' IMMORTALITY.
Do not stand
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Clare Harner in the 1931 Royal Purple

Clare Harner graduated in 1931 from Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science, now Kansas Sate University. As shown in her college yearbook, she majored in Journalism and wrote for the student newspaper (Collegian) as a Junior. In her Senior year Clare Harner worked on the college humor magazine (Brown Bull) and the "Humor" department of the Royal Purple.

CLARE HARNER - - - - - - Howard
Industrial Journalism

Kappa Kappa Gamma, Sigma Delta Chi Scholarship Award, Quill Club (2, 3, 4), Glee Club (3), Brown Bull Staff (4),
Collegian Staff (3), Royal Purple (4). --1931 Royal Purple

And There Was Light by Clare Harner

From "Choir Practice" (a monthly column of contemporary poetry selected by Charleston poet Ellen M. Carroll) in the Charleston, South Carolina Evening Post, August 14, 1936:




AND THERE WAS LIGHT
Because I knew the day had passed,
I did not see that the shades were fast:
   For there was no light within
      To keep from shining out.
   Nor light outside coming in—
      And my heart was filled with doubt.

And then one tiny ray, from where
It came, and how, I do not care:
   In whirling, brave advance
      It marched across the floor.
   By some uncanny chance
      My room was dark no more.

Then I lit a candle, pulled the shades
And practiced some lilting serenades.
All at once, my heart was light.
Queer to have been afraid of night!
—Clare Harner, Kansas.