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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
 
Rivals
By Archie Austin Coates (b. 1891)
 
(From A Second Pagan Anthology, 1919)

ALONG the Avenue of an afternoon,
Lithe, slim youths
Sauntering …
Sleek of hair, and trim, and narrow of hip,
With white, soft necks, and ties puffed out,        5
Beneath faces artfully made just a bit too beautiful
And not quite manly.
They stroll slowly,
Shooting side-glances into passing faces,
Meaningly.        10
 
At the corner
A painted woman
Shambles into a doorway …
Her lips are of dry flame,
And in her eyes are flames of hatred,        15
Hatred and scorn, bitter and inexpressible,
For these slim youths,
Her rivals.
 
 
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