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The lost lunar Baedeker : poems of Mina Loy

Author: Mina Loy; Roger L Conover
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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There was a time when it was common to couple Mina Loy's name with that of W.C. Williams or Marianne Moore: her advanced contemporaries considered her a literary and artistic genius - a descendant of Sappho by way of Emily Dickinson. But the public was scandalized by her work, and some critics openly scorned it. Not only were her Futurist-inspired techniques unlike anything most readers had encountered before, but  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mina Loy; Roger L Conover
ISBN: 0374258724 9780374258726 0374525072 9780374525071
OCLC Number: 32167779
Description: xx, 236 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Futurism x Feminism: the Circle Squared (Poems 1914-1920). "There is no Life or Death" --
Parturition --
Italian Pictures --
Three Moments in Paris --
Sketch of a Man on a Platform --
Virgin Plus Curtains Minus Dots --
Babies in Hospital --
Giovanni Franchi --
At the Door of the House --
The Effectual Marriage --
Human Cylinders --
The Black Virginity --
Ignoramus --
Lions' Jaws --
Songs to Joannes (1917). Songs to Joannes --
Corpses and Geniuses (Poems 1919-1930). O Hell --
The Dead --
Mexican Desert --
Perlun --
Poe --
Apology of Genius --
Brancusi's Golden Bird --
Lunar Baedeker --
Der Blinde Junge --
Crab-Angel --
Joyce's Ulysses --
"The Starry Sky" of Wyndham Lewis --
Marble --
Gertrude Stein --
The Widow's Jazz --
Lady Laura in Bohemia --
The Mediterranean Sea --
Nancy Cunard --
Jules Pascin --
Compensations of Poverty (Poems 1942-1949). On Third Avenue --
Mass-Production on 14th Street --
Idiot Child on a Fire-Escape --
Aid of the Madonna --
Ephemerid --
Chiffon Velours --
Property of Pigeons --
Photo After Pogrom --
Time-Bomb --
Omen of Victory --
Film-Face --
Faun Fare --
Letters of the Unliving --
Hot Cross Bum --
An Aged Woman --
Moreover, the Moon --
Excavations & Precisions (Poems 1914-1925). Aphorisms on Futurism --
Feminist Manifesto --
Modern Poetry --
Preceptors of Childhood --
Auto-Facial-Construction --
App. Editorial Guidelines and Considerations --
App. Notes on the Text --
App. Three Early Poems --
App. "Love Songs" (1923) --
App. Other Writings --
App. Tables of Contents.
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: edited by Roger L. Conover.

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There was a time when it was common to couple Mina Loy's name with that of W.C. Williams or Marianne Moore: her advanced contemporaries considered her a literary and artistic genius - a descendant of Sappho by way of Emily Dickinson. But the public was scandalized by her work, and some critics openly scorned it. Not only were her Futurist-inspired techniques unlike anything most readers had encountered before, but her subjects - procreation, parturition, prostitution, suicide, addiction, retardation - were considered shocking even by some modernists. Mina Loy vanished from the literary scene just as dramatically as she arrived on it, and for most of the century her bold experiments have remained a well-kept secret. But in recent years Loy's work has been discovered by a new generation of poets and critics, and has begun to surface in revisionist anthologies. What has been needed is a reliable text of the essential Loy poems. To assemble The Lost Lunar Baedeker, Roger Conover has rescued Loy's poems and prose works from the Dada magazines and other ephemeral publications where they first appeared. All of Loy's notorious Futurist and feminist satires are included, as are many poems from her Paris and New York periods, the complete cycle of "Love Songs," and several previously unknown texts. Detailed notes accompany the text.

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