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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
I Want of You
By Michael Strange (Blanche Oelrichs) (1890–1950)
(From Poems, 1919)

I WANT of you not this intellectual passion
Always consciously composing its code
Of liberties! considerations!
Nor this reasonable loftiness,
Treating each circumstance with oratorical gestures        5
Toward some invisible public.
Nor do I exact this fraternal fairness
In sexual emergency—
Nor even this cerebral impartiality
In passional disaster—        10
Phew, such attitudes savouring to me
Of affectation masking depleted instinct,
Or of egomania parading as a new charity.
Listen! I want your mouth whispering over my heart
“This complete moment        15
Is moulding us eternally together!”
I want our limbs, twisted, luminous,
Crushing the physical into spiritual invocation,
Commingling! Ascending!
Nor afterward any slamming down of the lid        20
Upon emerging spirit.
Since I desire that consummation become a beginning,
A beginning, stammering our souls with tenderness,
Inflating us with moods palpitating—
Disconcerting—mysterious—as dreams—        25
Moods confessional—adventurous,
Flickering our fancy with spectre forms
Since I admonish consummation to become a beginning,
And so mortal love, the legitimate mediator        30
Between God and Man.

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