Verse > Anthologies > T. R. Smith, ed. > Poetica Erotica: A Collection of Rare and Curious Amatory Verse
T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
By Orrick Johns (1887–1946)
(From “Hedone”; from Black Branches, 1920)

THE WINDOW flames no longer clamber
  like gonfanons against the sky,
and faintly blue-green glows the camber
  of her thigh.
The febrile radiance left of day        5
  creeps through the forest of her passion,
and riant in the dusk I stay
  a man of fashion …
Her cigarette, avid of design,
  is one still spark by shadow pressed,        10
and like a moon beneath, benign,
  glimmers her breast.

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