Aleister Crowley: Katie Carr

William-Adolphe Bouguereau – Petite bergère (1891) – from Art Renewal Center

I give here my last selection from the collection Rosa Mundi, and other love-songs, the ninth poem in it. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

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Two and Two, by Joseph Ashby-Sterry

Group of four young schoolgirls singing as they dance round the maypole – State Library of New South Wales FL1445193, via Wikimedia Commons

A poem celebrating the beauty and charm of four schoolgirls aged from 10 to 16. They are ready to seduce and ensnare future husbands. Again, Ashby-Sterry states his special fondness for the one aged 16. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Alfred Edgar Coppard: The two Nude Virgins

Today I present a mysterious poem from Hips & haws. The poet does not dare to go into the moonlight, fearing some unspecified “infinite thing” that could “enwrap” him. The title mentions two virgins, but the text tells only about one, Diana, the virgin goddess of of the hunt, the moon, and nature in Roman mythology. There seem to be hidden things or people, Diana “cannot hear them though she stands whitely among them,” and “she has no fear.” CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…