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By Mina Loy

A silver Lucifer


cocaine in cornucopia

To some somnambulists

of adolescent thighs


in satirical draperies

Peris in livery



for posthumous parvenues

Delirious Avenues


with the chandelier souls

of infusoria

from Pharoah’s tombstones


to mercurial doomsdays

Odious oasis

in furrowed phosphorous

the eye-white sky-light

white-light district

of lunar lusts

             Stellectric signs

“Wing shows on Starway”

“Zodiac carrousel”


of ecstatic dust

and ashes whirl


from hallucinatory citadels

of shattered glass

into evacuate craters

A flock of dreams   

browse on Necropolis

From the shores

of oval oceans

in the oxidized Orient

Onyx-eyed Odalisques

and ornithologists


the flight

of Eros obsolete

And “Immortality”

mildews …   

in the museums of the moon

“Nocturnal cyclops”

“Crystal concubine”

Pocked with personification

the fossil virgin of the skies

waxes and wanes


Source: The Lost Lunar Baedeker: Poems of Mina Loy. Reprinted by permission of Roger Conover, Literary Executor. (1996)

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Mina Loy
Although born in England, Mina Loy worked as a poet and visual artist in Paris, Florence, and New York City, where her beauty and outlandish behavior shone at the center of several avant-garde circles. The eccentric vocabulary and syntax of Loy’s free-verse poems and their sardonic treatment of love can puzzle and offend, but no reader can question the work’s originality nor the poet’s fierce intelligence. See More By This Poet

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