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Mina Loy

"Leave off looking to men to find out what you are not -- seek within yourselves to find out what you are."

Mina Loy, "Feminist Manifesto" (1914), in Roger L. Conover, ed., The Lost Lunar Baedecker (1996)

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"The feminist movement as at present instituted is Inadequate."

Mina Loy, "Feminist Manifesto" (1914), in Roger L. Conover, ed., The Lost Lunar Baedecker (1996)

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"Women if you want to realise yourselves -- you are on the eve of a devastating psychological upheaval -- all your pet illusions must be unmasked -- the lies of centuries have got to go -- are you prepared for the Wrench?"

Mina Loy, "Feminist Manifesto" (1914), in Roger L. Conover, ed., The Lost Lunar Baedecker (1996)

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" Another great illusion that woman must ... destroy . .. is the impurity of sex, the realisation in defiance of superstition that there is nothing impure in sex -- except in the mental attitude toward it ... "

Mina Loy, "Feminist Manifesto" (1914), in Roger L. Conover, ed., The Lost Lunar Baedecker (1996)

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"Love of others is the appreciation of one's self."

Mina Loy, "Aphorisms on Futurism" (1914), in Roger L. Conover, ed., The Lost Lunar Baedecker (1996)

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"It is not given to each of us / To be desired."

Mina Loy, "Babies in Hospitals" (1915), in Roger L. Conover, ed., The Lost Lunar Baedecker (1996)

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"Behind God's eyes / There might / Be other lights."

Mina Loy, "Songs to Joannes" (1917), in Roger L. Conover, ed., The Lost Lunar Baedecker (1996)

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"Poetry is prose bewitched, a music made of visual thoughts, the sound of an idea."

Mina Loy, "Modern Poetry (c. 1925), in Roger L. Conover, ed., The Lost Lunar Baedecker (1996)

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"... Gertrude Stein ... the Madame Curie of language. Because in her deep research she has crushed thousands of tons of matter to extract the radium of the word."

Mina Loy, in Natalie Clifford Barney, Adventures of the Mind (1929)

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"[On Gertrude Stein:] Curie / of the laboratory / of vocabulary / she crushed / the tonnage / of consciousness / congealed to phrases / to extract / a radium of the word."

Mina Loy, "Gertrude Stein" (1924), in Roger L. Conover, ed., The Lost Lunar Baedeker (1996)

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Mina Loy, English poet, artist, poet, playwright, actor, designer, bohemian
(1882 - 1966)

Born Mina Gertrude Löwry, she was considered a Modernist and a Futurist, mainly appreciated years after her work.