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The Lost Lunar Baedeker: Poems of Mina Loy

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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.

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Paperback, New Edition, 256 pages
Published April 8th 1997 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1923)
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Aubrey
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 obsess over Modernism and Futuruism and other Patriarchal Eurocentric Difficult Things (I know you're out there) to pore over this with a fine-tooth comb. I know I missed the most of it, what with not bei
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Colie!
Jul 27, 2007 Colie! rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 09, 2013 Jenna rated it liked it
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 "difficult" mean in this context? After reading The Lost Lunar Baedeker, a collection of undeniably "difficult" verse penned by underrated T.S. Eliot contemporary Mina Loy, I propose the following definition ...more
Matthew
Apr 29, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry

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 attention she deserves. Her poetry is deserving of comparison to William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, and T. S. Eliot. And her prose is something else entirely, comparable only to other avant-garde
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Joe
Oct 30, 2008 Joe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
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 in "Corpses & Geniuses" prove she belongs there.

I mean

In one impalpable
Omniprevalent Dimension

We are turned inside out
Your cities lie digesting in our stomachs
Street lights footle in our ocular darkn
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Trina
Aug 01, 2007 Trina rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
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
Feb 01, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, poetry
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,
Only activity
And in the absolute
Is no declivity.
There is no Love or Lust
Only propensity
Who would possess
Is a nonentity.
There is no First or Last
Only equality
And who would rule
Joins the majority.
There is
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Meghan
Feb 11, 2013 Meghan rated it liked it
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 through disruption and disgust ("To your blushing we shout the obscenities, we scream the blasphemies, that you, being weak, whisper alone in the dark. They are empty except of your shame" (152).), but when ...more
Anna
Aug 24, 2007 Anna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Modernists
Shelves: poetry
One of my early influences. She made lampshades, she wrote poems. She slept with all the Futurists.
svnh
Nov 16, 2007 svnh rated it really liked it
i think i'm in love.
Hesper
Feb 21, 2017 Hesper rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry, 20th-century
Very modernist. Very extra. Not for me. I'd like to consistently have more to appreciate than just the extraordinary skill that went into each poem.

2.5

That said, I'm glad to have read it; Loy's poetry is intriguing, and often beautiful in its (sometimes opaque) complexity.
Samantha
Feb 09, 2011 Samantha rated it really liked it
I must preface this by saying that I am a poetry fan and I hardly ever turn away anything in its regard. In the beginning, Mina Loy had me undecided on whether or not I liked her poetry. It took me a few "re-reads" to develop a true, deep understanding for what she was attempting to convey. As a woman, it is understandbale to argue that I enjoyed the feminist tone about her and her willingness to voice her opinions - no matter how vulgar. She casts a bright light on female sexuality and challeng ...more
Fluffy Singler
Mina Loy was an early feminist and an avant-garde poet and writer. This book features Loy's amazing poetry as well as her manifestos on futurism and feminism. My favorite poem is Songs to Johannes. It is basically just an edifying book for any woman working in the avant-garde who has been led to believe that the avant-garde had been a largely male domain until the 1960s. As more and more collections of poetry and biographies emerge on Loy, Baronness Elsa, and a host of other women, our contribut ...more
Mitch
Jul 26, 2007 Mitch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all time favorite poets, Mina Loy is incredibly cerebral & sensuous at the same time. Note the series, Love Songs to Johannes, probably the sexiest serial poem ever written. A hammer of a vocabulary delivered in perfect lines, breaks with the breath, funny as hell and positively delicious in every way. Only drawback is that this book excludes the long poem, Anglo-Mongrels & the Rose, which was in the earlier Jargon Press edition. On the other hand, this edition is smaller, and ...more
bill greene
Feb 22, 2008 bill greene rated it it was amazing
"We might have coupled
In the bed-ridden monopoly of a moment
Or broken flesh with one another
At the profane communion table
Where wine is spill'd on promiscuous lips

We might have given birth to a butterfly
With the daily news
Printed in blood on its wings"

not everything in here is amazing,
but everything amazing in here
is really amazing.
sure, she's pretentious & wordy.
maybe it's the part of me that loves
Patti Smith & J D Salinger.
no... something else.
the part of me that loves shelley?
oh, dear
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Feb 25, 2010 Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, read2010
I learned about Mina Loy when I read The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker; she was a complete unknown to me before that. And I love her, how her words are so intentional and meaningful. My favorite work of hers will always be Songs to Joannes.
Jesse
Indispensable.
Will
Apr 28, 2016 Will rated it it was amazing
Mina Loy to her (male) critics: "Our wills are formed/ by curious disciplines/ beyond your laws".
Derek Mong
Dec 06, 2010 Derek Mong rated it really liked it
That's right folks, she's wearing thermometers for earrings. And the later poetry ain't bad. The early stuff though is juvenalia.
Jen
Sep 28, 2014 Jen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I first encountered Loy's poetry in Rothenberg and Joris's Poems for the Millenium, Vol. 1, and was immediately intrigued by her and wanted to read more. However, this collection of her poetry slipped under my radar until Jenna posted her review of it last fall. Her review is very much worth reading since it does a wonderful job of expressing the difficulty of reading Loy. It is here https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

I love this book. Much is made of Loy's life. I doubt I would have liked
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verbava
Dec 27, 2016 verbava rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
з передмови:

Carl Van Vechten, the photographer and music critic, was also her first informal agent. He considered Loy the most beautiful of a beautiful generation of poets. She had great promise as a poet, he thought, if only she would stop writing about sex. Her first husband, Stephen Haweis, warned his wife along similar lines: Keep writing that way, Mina Haweis, and you’ll lose your good name. Alfred Kreymborg, one of her first editors, summarized the public’s prevailing objections: if she co
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Ellice
Feb 06, 2016 Ellice rated it really liked it
The introduction notes that these poems are complex, and they are, but they are something that poetry lovers can enjoy even without understanding all their layers of complexity, in much the same way you don't have to understand exactly what T.S. Eliot was driving at to enjoy his poetry (it seems no coincidence that Eliot liked Mina Loy's poetry). There are great rhythms and a pleasing number of obscure words to look up or figure out via context clues. The title gives a hint at the wonderful, oth ...more
Rainey
Aug 14, 2015 Rainey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, poetry
It's fair to say that when I read this book of poetry in college, I was obsessed. I carefully dissected Loy's structure and commentary on the misogyny pervading futurism and surrealism until my dreams were about smashing the patriarchy with a rocket ship. Read this when you yearn for knowledge and inspiration, read this when you need a flight of fancy, and read this when you want a cohort in criminal thinking.
Anastasia
Jun 12, 2015 Anastasia rated it really liked it
I'd been wanting to read this for over a year and couldn't find it anywhere! Finally it turned up at my favorite used bookstore, and I am so glad it did. This was such a great read, a really solid collection and very ahead of its time. Great example of a female modernist and early openly feminist voice in literature. Loved it.
Fred
Dec 28, 2007 Fred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"No book ever explained what to be young is"

My friend gave me this as a going away present when I left the States. It has barely left my desk since I got here. This book has guts. "The Effectual Marriage" is widely anthologized, and for good reason, the way it twists at the end makes me both excited and jealous.
Mark Harris
Mar 29, 2016 Mark Harris rated it it was ok
The topics she chose to write about were...interesting, but there's something about her style, her voice, that made it difficult for me to set this collection aside. I might rate this higher later on, after I've digested it for a bit, and with a more detailed review.
Matt Jasper
Nov 17, 2009 Matt Jasper rated it it was amazing
The introduction is brilliant and the book even more so. Mina & Marianne eclipsed most of their contemporaries yet most of them were too constrained by convention to even notice that they'd been blown off the stage.
C.M. Spivey
Feb 06, 2011 C.M. Spivey rated it it was amazing
Amazing book of poetry. Deep, confusing, entirely relatable. Gets better with every read.
Kit
Mar 06, 2011 Kit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recentlyread
I like her best poems as much as anyone's.
Jess Taylor
May 05, 2013 Jess Taylor rated it really liked it
Mina Loy has inspired me year after year. I love her freedom in writing. She determines her world.
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Loy was born Mina Gertrude Lowy in London, England. On leaving school, she studied painting, first in Munich for two years and then in London, where one of her teachers was Augustus John. She moved to Paris, France with Stephen Haweis who studied with her at the Académie Colarossi. The couple married in 1903. She first used the name Loy in 1904, when she exhibited six watercolor paintings at the S ...more
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