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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
 
From “Bread Poems”
By Evelyn Scott (1893–1963)
 
(From Precipitations, 1920)

LULLABY
I LEAN my heart against the soft bosomed night:
A white globed breast,
And warm and silent flowing,
The milk of the moon.
 
EMBARKATION OF CYTHERA
Like jellied flowers
        5
My inflated curves
Melt in the peaceful stagnance of the bath.
If I were to die
I would resist the final agony
With only a faint quiver        10
From my escaping thighs.
 
CHRISTIAN LUXURIES
The red fountain of shame gushes up from my heart.
I throw back my long hair and the fountain floats it out
Like a fiery fan.
My wide stretched arms are white coral branches.        15
The liquid shadows seek between my amber breasts.
 
But the fire is cool.
It cannot burn me.
 
 
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