Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Poet Mina Loy - Lunar Baedeker (From the Poetry Foundation)

Lunar Baedeker
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




Copyright © 1996 by the Estate of Mina Loy. All rights reserved.

Source: The Lost Lunar Baedeker: Poems of Mina Loy (1996)

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