I read -- a few months ago -- Hemingway's juvenilia poetry & short-story collection stoically entitled Three Stories & Ten Poems. It was published in the early 1920s -- I think 1923, but I've heard 1921 thrown around. Or, perhaps that was the date he wrote it. If you are interested you can access and download the Three Stories & Ten Poems collection for free from Project Gutenburg.
I really enjoyed the poetry. In my opinion, the best poem in the collection is:
The mills of the gods grind slowly;
But this mill
Chatters in mechanical staccato.
Ugly short infantry of the mind,
Advancing over difficult terrain,
Make this Corona
(A "mitrailleuse" is a type of machine-gun: presumably a French one, used during W.W.I.)
I've read online that the poem is entitled "MITRAILLIATRICE". But, Project Guttenburg -- in their version of the collection -- calls the poem "MITRAIGLIATRICE". I have found the following information from here:
"Mitraigiatrice" (July printing of TSTP) was spelled "Mitrailliatrice" (January printing, Poetry Magazine).
However, I do not know which title is "correct". Does anyone have any information about this?
EDIT: As far as I can tell, the quote above is incorrect. In the Project Guttenburg version of the poem, it is entitled MITRAIGLIATRICE. Presumably "Miltraigiatrice" is a misquote or misspelling of that. I'm amazed I didn't notice that.
Also, what is the meaning(s) of either of the titles? I assumed that it was supposed to be some sort of French play-on-words, but, not knowing French (I had to Google the word "mitrailleuse") I am ignorant. I feel I am missing an integral part of the poem.