The Lost Lunar Baedeker: Poems of Mina Loy by Mina Loy

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Read The Lost Lunar Baedeker: Poems of Mina Loy Online Free - Mina Loy has been perplexingly absent from British literary history. In America she has been posthumously launched as the electric-age Blake, she has been translated into French and Italian to great acclaim, and in the Times Literary Supplement Thom Gunn compared her to the great Augustan satirists. Her reclamation as an English poet is long overdue.

Pound, Moore and Williams valued her work, while British critics openly scorned it. Not only were her futurist techniques unlike anything they had encountered before, but her subjects -- procreation, parturition, prostitution, suicide, addiction, retardation -- were considered shocking even by some modernists.

She vanished from the literary scene just as dramatically as she had arrived on it, and for much of the century her bold experiments remained a well-kept secret. Carcanet first introduced her work to British readers in 1985 in Roger Conover's The Last Lunar Baedeker, a collected writings. This new edition updates our earlier volume and presents more reliable texts of the essential Loy poems. It includes more extensive notes and apparatus, and features a number of previously unknown works rescued from Dada archives and obscure avant-garde little magazines. All of Loy's canonical Futurist and feminist satires are included, as are the celebrated poems from her Paris and New York periods, the complete cycle of `Love Songs', and her famous portraits-in-verse which define the trajectory of her favoured company and geography -- from fellow modernists Joyce and Brancusi in Paris in the 1920s to fellow destitutes in New York's Lower East Side in the 1940s.

Title : The Lost Lunar Baedeker: Poems of Mina Loy
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ISBN : 0374525072
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Aubrey rated it ★★★★☆

December 17, 2015

4.5/5 […] The smell of small cooking From luckier houses Is cruel to the maimed cat Hiding Among the carpenter’s shavings From three boys —One holding a bar— Who nevertheless Born of human parents Cry when locked in the dark […] -Italian Pictures: The Costa San Giorgio I want someone with the tendency to o...

Colie! rated it ★★★★★

July 27, 2007

Funk T.S. Eliot, this chick can WRITE. Poetry and I have issues sometimes. I was fed up with all those British dudes. I was like, can I get a woman up in here? And there she was, all fantastic and kickass.

Jenna rated it ★★★☆☆

September 12, 2013

A frequent topic of tedious pontification by magazine scribes with heated opinions is the average American's lack of interest in consuming modern poetry. This unfortunate circumstance is often chalked up to the matter-of-factly asserted mantra that "modern poetry is too difficult." What does "dif...

Matthew rated it ★★★★☆

June 29, 2015

Despite being associated with many highly-regarded artists and literary figures (including Ezra Pound, Marcel Duchamp, and countless others), not to mention seemingly every avant-garde movement of the twentieth century (including Futurism, Dada, and Surrealism), Mina Loy has scarcely received the...

Liza rated it ★★★★☆

February 06, 2018

visceral, provocative — learned a lot of new words with this one

Joe rated it ★★★★★

October 30, 2008

On a second go through of these poems--Joyfully cutting, strange, resistant, hermaphrodititic! A binarian's nightmare. What else from a feminist who hung out with Marinetti? This Selected was put together to put Mina Loy back into the modernist canon and "Songs to Joannes" & almost every poem...

Trina rated it ★★★★☆

August 01, 2007

What can I say? I love this book with its weird mysticism and loopy neologisms. I found it very generative in terms of my own writing.

Sarah rated it ★★★★☆

February 15, 2014

An inspired and inspiring collection. The appendices are thorough, accessible, and invaluable, though the introduction carries an apologetic tone that I can't see sitting well with Ms. Loy. Nonetheless, this volume is a bookshelf treasure trove, filled with such gems as, "There is no Life or Death...

Meghan rated it ★★★☆☆

February 12, 2013

I love her prose. Her poetry...I found it really mixed. Some of the images seemed easy, their value based in shocking and disrupting. In her Aphorisms she talks about the need to disrupt prudishness. In her Feminist Manifesto she calls for the end to virginity. I get that she seeks to do this thr...

Anna rated it ★★★★☆

August 24, 2007

One of my early influences. She made lampshades, she wrote poems. She slept with all the Futurists.

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