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Lawyers and Poetry
Robert Chasen was in the private practice of for twenty-three years. He then served on the legal staff of Cornell's Liberian Codification Project for seven years during which time he edited seven volumes of the opinions of the Supreme Court of Liberia. Chasen was admitted to the New York Bar in 1949.
"In the year that he joined the Liberian project Chasen published his book of poems, Moses Lives on the Third Floor, but at the time of his death he left with Margaret Rosenzeig forty large ring notebooks filled with some four thousand poems." It was from this cache of poems that the selection was made for Chasen's A Sort of Triumph. [Milton R. Konvitz, "Introduction: Robert Chasen (1922-1979)," to Robert Chasen, A Sort of Triumph: Poems ix-xi, at x ([New York]: Margaret Rosenzweig, 1981)]
Robert Chasen, A Sort of Triumph: Poems ([New York]: Margaret Rosenzweig, 1981)(Peter Kahn illustrations)(Margaret Rosenberg memoir)
___________, Moses Lives on the Third Floor (New York: Phaedra Publishers, 1971)