Pet’s Punishment, by Joseph Ashby-Sterry

Angelo Cozzi – Anna – from Pigtails in Paint

In this poem devoted to a disobedient little girl, one sees how Ashby-Sterry viewed younger girls in a much different way than the teenagers he loved tenderly. He speaks of her in a patronising way, calls her ‘pet’, and threatens her with an insignificant caricature of punishment, in particular of parental violence, using instruments such as feathers, roses or kisses. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

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John Sebastian: Younger Girl

Hugh Shirley Candyside – John Sebastian performing in concert in East Lansing, Michigan, August 1970 – from Wikimedia Commons

John Benson Sebastian is an American singer and songwriter born in 1944. In 1965 he formed the band The Lovin’ Spoonful, for which he sang and played the guitar, also he authored all their hit songs during that period. He left the band in 1968 to start a solo career that went on until now. 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…

Aleister Crowley: Flavia

Noctivagant – from brabikate.blogspot.fr

The 8th poem of Rosa Mundi, and other love-songs tells us that the beauty, the kisses and caresses of the loved Italian girl will not last, in the same way as night must soon end with sunrise. There is no salvation in an afterlife, so we must enjoy the pleasures of earthly life without delay, thus live the bliss of the short love night. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

A Little Love-Letter, by Joseph Ashby-Sterry

Although Ashby-Sterry loved girls of various ages, he clearly stated his preference for 16-year-old ones, while he often called younger ones ‘pet’. Thus he did not love them in the same manner as older ones, and in some way he considered them as less intelligent beings. Indeed, he often presented them as little animals. For instance one poem in the collection Boudoir Ballads is titled “Little Chinchilla”, and it required me some effort to decide whether it is about a girl or a little furry animal, and finally I could settle for a girl by reading another poem in another collection, “January” in The Lazy Minstrel, where he writes “To Miss Chinchilla you confide, / How proud you are to be her guide;” another poem in the latter collection, “The Kitten”, explicitly compares a 10-year-old girl to a kitten. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…