Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Lost Lunar Baedeker: Poems
Mina Loy

£13.99

Mina Loy’s technique and subjects – prostitution, menstruation, destitution, and suicide – shock even some modernists and she vanished from the poetry scene as dramatically as she had appeared on it. Roger Conover has resuced the key texts from the pages of forgotten publications, and has included all of the futurist and feminist satires, poems from Loy’s Paris and New York periods, and the complete cycle of Love Songs, as well as previously unknown texts and detailed notes.

Paperback, 256pp
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997
ISBN 9780374525071

Biography

MINA LOY was born in London in 1882 and began her artistic career as painter; she was influenced by Impressionism and achieved success in the Parisian art world before turning to poetry and other forms of visual art, including lampshades and “junk collages.” She was at the heart of the modernist movement (as well as Dada, Futurism, and Surrealism) and had close friendships with Djuna Barnes and Gertrude Stein, among many others. Her frank and rigorously experimental writing earned her both praise and censure, as did her unconventional life: she spent many years living in Greenwich Village and on the Bowery, befriending bums, drunks, and other down-and-outs. Her work has recently been collected in The Lost Lunar Baedeker (FSG) and Stories and Essays of Mina Loy (Dalkey Archive). She died in 1966 in Aspen, Colorado.