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By Mina Loy

A silver Lucifer

serves

cocaine in cornucopia


To some somnambulists

of adolescent thighs

draped

in satirical draperies


Peris in livery

prepare

Lethe

for posthumous parvenues


Delirious Avenues

lit

with the chandelier souls

of infusoria

from Pharoah’s tombstones


lead

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”


Cyclones

of ecstatic dust

and ashes whirl

crusaders

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

observe

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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Poet Bio

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.

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