Stories and Essays of Mina Loy (British Literature Series)

By Mina Loy

"Stories and Essays of Mina Loy" is the 1st book-length quantity of Mina Loy's narrative writings and important paintings ever released. This quantity brings jointly her brief fiction, in addition to hybrid works that come with modernized fairy stories, a Socratic discussion, and a ballet. Loy's narratives deal with matters corresponding to abortion and poverty, and what she known as "the intercourse struggle" is an abiding subject all through. "Stories and Essays of Mina Loy" additionally comprises dramatic works that parody the bravado and misogyny of Futurism and reveal Loy's early, powerful use of absurdist strategy. Essays and commentaries on aesthetics, historic occasions, and faith whole this beguiling assortment, cementing Mina Loy's position as one of many nice writers of the 20 th century.

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The top of all of them ROSA through BJUNA DARNES ROSA TRINKLESTEIN JERABOAM WINERED (who wish to be ROSA’s lover) 3 OAFS SERAMINKA a maid. JERABOAM WINERED sits in an armchair enfolding him like a middle-aged woman’s breasts. His boots are magenta child, and one is status meticulously lower than his chair. ROSA TRINKLESTEIN is reclining in hostile repose upon a Recamier couch upholstered in pink and yellow stars, a crimson glass chandelier hangs from the ceiling. at the wall a unmarried composite portray, Raphael’s MADONNA enshrined in a home of prostitution. ROSA is juggling with 3 large swords, a few pistols, and a slender knife for carving canvas-backed geese. She has simply left off kissing JERABOAM's foot. JERABOAM. i will not count number my stock—the flying pigs dodge me— . . . i get drained. ROSA. (deftly pinning the Madonna within the left eye with the longest sword) I too have lived—have sat in a hansom cab and counted the tails at the horse. JERABOAM. Rosa why do you hate me so? ROSA. Do you consider a ploughed box wishes overturning? JERABOAM. thanks! ROSA. Gratitude is pitiful—rather than be pitiful i might favor you to curve your moustache. JERABOAM. Rosa you're merciless. ROSA. i'm merciless yet self-forgiving – – – it's not each lady which may (catching a revolver in her enamel) . . . do, this! JERABOAM. The iron is coming into my mind i will think it in my chest. ROSA. so that you think that it truly is her faith that teaches a lady to talk French? JERABOAM. you're so innocent—that is why your uncle seduced you at so early an age. (he chokes with pleasure) ROSA. And for 50 years you may have sat right here kissing my arms; with the neighbours’ noses at the window. JERABOAM. The neighbours are turning out to be – – – becoming – – – ROSA. the place now we have kicked the turf. JERABOAM. We made the mattress – – – the neighbours lie in it— ROSA. i've got paid with fifty of the easiest years of my lifestyles to your one second of absent-mindedness. (The OAFS stroll in—they all seem like ROSA. ) 1ST OAF. (grinning sheepishly) i'll inform my father concerning the swords. (The different OAFS shuffle their ft and pull their forelocks. go out OAFS sheepishly. Leaving muddy footprints at the carpet. input SERAMINKA with twins at her breast. The twins seem like JERABOAM. ) SERAMINKA. What are you doing to my sons— they're 3 months previous they usually trap flies. i will not endure it. You are doing anything to my sons. it's the quiet here—you were so quiet for 50 years. (She starts off to airborne dirt and dust swords and pistols feverishly as they flash around one another within the air. ) JERABOAM. Seraminka—you don't need to airborne dirt and dust – – – now. (A sword splits one of many twins at her breast in part. ) SERAMINKA. (vaguely) What are you doing to my sons? ROSA. i'm a devil—I am mad. inform me, Seraminka what does your grasp do to a lady? SERAMINKA. (disdainfully) I even have been renowned. (Exit) JERABOAM. i get drained – – – The neighbours are starting to be within the flowerbed. (ROSA stops juggling with the swords, plucks the single out of the Madonna’s eye and lays them aspect via facet over the Oafs’ muddy footprints at the carpet.

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