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Alfred Kreymborg, ed.  Others for 1919.  1920.
The Black Virginity
By Mina Loy
BABY Priests
On green sward
Silk beaver
Rhythm of redemption        5
Fluttering of Breviaries
Fluted black silk cloaks
Hung square from shoulders
Troncated juvenility
Uniform segration        10
Union in severity
Pride of misapprehended preparation
Ebony statues training for immobility        15
Anæmic jawed
Wise saw to one another
Prettily the little ones
Gesticulate benignly upon one another in the sun buzz—
Finger and thumb circles postulate pulpits        20
Profiles forsworn to Donatello
Munching tall talk vestral shop
Evangelical snobs
Uneasy dreaming
In hermetically-sealed dormitories        25
Not of me or you Sister Saraminta
Of no more or less
Than the fit of Pope’s mitres
It is an old religion that put us in our places
Here am I in lilac print        30
Preposterously no less than the world flesh and devil
Having no more idea what those are
What I am
Than Baby Priests of what “He” is
or they are—        35
Messianic mites tripping measured latin ring-a-roses
Subjugated adolescence
Retraces loose steps to furling of Breviaries
In broiling shadows
The last with apostolic lurch        40
Tries for a high hung fruit
And misses
Any way it is inedible
It is always thus
In the Public Garden.        45
Parallel lines
An old man
Eyeing a white muslin girl’s school
And all this
As pleasant as bewildering        50
Would not eventually meet
I am for ever bewildered
Old men are often grown greedy—
What nonsense
It is noon        55
And salvation’s seedlings
Are headed off for the refectory.

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