The Lost Lunar Baedeker

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Mina Loy's technique and subjects - prostitution, menstruation, destitution, and suicide - shock even some modernists and she vanished from the poetry scene as dramatically as she had appeared on it. Roger Conover has resuced the key texts from the pages of forgotten publications, and has included all of the futurist and feminist satires, poems from Loy's Paris and New York periods, and the complete cycle of "Love Songs," as well as previously unknown texts and detailed notes.

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Overview

Mina Loy's technique and subjects - prostitution, menstruation, destitution, and suicide - shock even some modernists and she vanished from the poetry scene as dramatically as she had appeared on it. Roger Conover has resuced the key texts from the pages of forgotten publications, and has included all of the futurist and feminist satires, poems from Loy's Paris and New York periods, and the complete cycle of "Love Songs," as well as previously unknown texts and detailed notes.

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"[Mina Loy] may now be launched on a posthumous career as the electric-age Blake."—Hugh Kenner, The Washington Times

"Mina Loy has finally been admitted into 'the company of poets,' the canon. As if she cared."—Thom Gunn, The Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374525071
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 4/8/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 812,128
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

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    Lunar Baedeker lost & found & lost again

    How do I love this book? Let me try to count the ways. 1, the titles which seduce the attention, eg 'Lost Lunar Baedeker', 'Virgins Plus Curtains Minus Dots', 'Human Cylinders', 'Moreover, the Moon--'...2, the irresistible unpredictably opulent succulent startling mixtures of words (eg 'orgies of orchid', 'chandelier souls of infusoria from Pharoah's tombstones', 'ginfizz eucharist', 'retinal altar') whose dazzling textures I want to slowly taste forever in my mouth or else wear on my wrist as a queer bracelet. 3, the felt bodily presence of she who wrote these poems, who wove these textures queer, who mixed such heady word-chemicals; her flesh permeated with Genius which knows pain &pleasure on every possible scale. 4, the neologisms, 'Stellectric', 'eye-white', & the obscure diction, 'footle', 'Agamogenesis', through which She aeshteticises the new & the 'exotic.' 5, the opening lines of each poem. ++MY FAVOURITES++ A silver Lucifer serves cocaine in cornucopia...Though you had never possessed me I had belonged to you since the beginning of time...Surreptitious fanfare of unadams amingle with ouradams...So this is death...the monstrous sapphire lies in her lavish dowry...Trained in a circus of swans she proceeds receedingly...

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