"Love Songs (section III)" by Mina Loy
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December 5, 2020  

Love Songs (section III)


Mina Loy

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 spilled on promiscuous lips

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

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on December 5, 2020, by the Academy of American Poets.

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“Love Songs” was published in Vol. 1, No. 1 of Others: A Magazine of the New Verse in July 1915. 

Mina Loy was born in London on December 27, 1882. She is the author of Lunar Baedeker (Contact Publishing, 1923). A visual artist and prose writer, Loy died in Colorado in 1966.

Others: A Magazine of the New Verse
(Alfred Kreymborg, 1915)



 
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