The reader must remember that as Celia did not publish these poems she probably considered them unfinished, or below the standard of her best work.
I read a poem that appealed to me "Moonlight," and rather than type it out here, I went looking for it online so I could cut and paste it into the post. I was surprised to find it in a magazine, The Century, from March 1891. It seems that this poem should not have been labeled as "unpublished."
The poem as it appears in the book was not labeled, "Picture by Childe Hassam." What a shame it wasn't, because it gives a whole new meaning to the poem.
Of course, I looked online for Hassam's painting "Moonlight." I found it listed as having been created in 1892. Then, in a beautiful book in our collection, Childe Hassam: American Impressionist by H. Barbara Weinberg [751.93 WEI], I found a chronology of exhibitions showing that it had been shown in the spring of 1891, so it must have been painted some time before then.
Perhaps Thaxter was present at its creation since she and Childe Hassam were friends and spent time together on the Isles of Shoals (in New Hampshire).
In any case, "Moonlight," the poem, is a work of ekphrasis, that is, art about art. I would not have known it unless I had come upon the poem in The Century.
Head down to the bayou for this week's Round-Up being hosted by Margaret at Reflections on the Teche.