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Baroness Else von Freytag-Loringhoven

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Appalling Heart
The Little Review, 7 (September-December 1920)

City stir——wind on eardrum——
dancewind : herbstained——
flowerstained——silken——rustling——
tripping——swishing——frolicking——
courtesing——careening——brushing——
flowing——lying down——bending——
teasing——kissing : treearms——grass——
limbs——lips.
City stir on eardrum—— .
In night lonely
peers—— :
moon——riding !
pale——with beauty aghast——
too exalted to share !
in space blue——rides she away from mine chest——
illumined strangely——
appalling sister !

Herbstained——flowerstained——
shellscented——seafaring——
foresthunting——junglewise——
desert gazing——
rides heart from chest——
lashing with beauty——
afleet——
across chimney——
tinfoil river——
to meet——
another's dark heart——

Bless mine feet !



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Blast
The Little Review, 7 (September-December 1920)

Take spoon——scalpel——
Scrape brains clear from you——
how it hurts to be void !
blast flew
over twin hillocks
emeroyd.
singeing——seering satanic stink——
flew——blew——
blushroses !
barren grew——
to you——
annoyed
protruding
sharp :
pointed pyramids
silence——drums——
——sphinx——
I smother——
pranked mother——
from stark things ! ! !
stark kings in rockchamber
mockeye set amber
within mine chest ! ! !
to rest——
no !
ripple——glide——quiver :
Nile
river !
overflow !
hillocks inundated
abated
blush
blushroses !
on twin hillocks
smaragd isle !
awhile——awhile—— !


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Moonstone
The Little Review, 7 (September-December 1920)

Lake——palegreen——shrouded——
skylake——clouded——shrouded——
yearning——blackblue——
sickness of heart——
pomgranate hue——
sickness of longing——
——! you !

In cloud——nay——ach——shroud——
nay——ach——shroud—— !
of——breast——
sickness of longing
gulps
pomegranate hue
from heart in chest——
palegreen lake in chest !
—— you !


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Heart (Dance of Shiva)
The Little Review, 7 (September-December 1920)

Around me hovers presence that thou art,
secretely atmosphere draws cloudy——dense——
perfume athwart mine cheekbone swings intense——
smile on mine lip——
I kiss thee——
with mine heart !

Ja——with mine heart——
that can perform fine tricks
since it is housed with wizzardry and art—— !
soul——how enchanted art thou——
by such heart ! !

Ho !——lover far——


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Cathedral
The Little Review, 7 (September-December 1920)

Why didst thou go away from me?
Say——why?
art not enslaved by balmy wizzardry
out of mine jewelled eye ?
not by mine lips——so softly passionate——
with harnessed strength——
in bridled strain——
musk——amber——myrrh and francincense——
gold——damask——ivory——
mine gothic cathedrĂ¡l——
is that upbuild in vain
for thee—— ?
the whom I shall desire——
to pray ?
art nor thou worshipper nor devotee ?

Thus stand I desolate——
priest to mine tarnished self——
light tapers stately——upon jadeworsted shelf——
not to decay.


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Is It?
The Little Review, 7 (September-December 1920)

It is——is it—— ?
heart white sheet !
kiss it
flame beat !
in chest midst
print teeth
bite—— —— ——
this green
ponderous night.


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Gihirda's Dance
The Little Review, 7 (September-December 1920)

Nose straight
smile flower
unfolding in sun of love.
Petals : large——sweet
overwhelming cinnamon-scented——almond——sandal——rose-carmine——
tuberose
cheekpale in ray of moon torch
ghosts——with strength of ghosts——enticing as passion in graveyard of flesh dead——
——alive—— ——
remembering.

Hands cupped in greed of tissues parched——
owner's wolfheart—— !
devotion simple as child's suckled——
eyes of god drink out of tankard
of palm mine face's palegold champagne.
Whereas now thine polar-bear's sinister ivorywhite mouth black——
black lips cruel tender pluck
purple black in face white——
Tremble—— ?
not weep—— !
I——thou.
Tombstone——lie I beneath
weight——passionate weight——
pallor—— !
not life shall call
from stoneheaviness'
encompassing weight.
Eyes of god drain from veins cinnamonscented rosedisks carmine:
to blend——
thou——I .

No move—— !
from mine thine cheek not part
dual rock——on Nile——rigid :


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Excerpts from "Thee I call 'Hamlet of Wedding-Ring': Criticism of William Carlos William's 'Kora in Hell' and Why. . . Part II
The Little Review, 8 (Autumn 1921)

Knowledge——character——develop together——depend on each other——each in other.
Organism in profundity constructed sound carries seeds of quality.
Bird flies with two wings that is one wing.
Education ——treasure——wealth——needs preparation——slow gradual advancement. Character foundation——pillar arises——to carry light dome——cupola wisdom——root——stem——flower.
Heaviest weight——giant balances graceful easy——pigmy twists crumbles into splinters.
Travel of mind how to arrive at own architecture.
To pilfer——borrow——transplant—— : inner void barrenness.
Transplant cathedral——grown oak——vain toys——wither. Splendor grafted sudden on unprepared——by generation degree not refined organism——ready for that much at that period——disturbs harmony of cells——balance of structure——instead movement to refinement step to crippledom——cancer——ruin.
Trees——plants : growth——happiness.
instead expansion——freedom——happiness : warp——burden disorder——hate——restricted vitals : hate.
Education thrown sudden on coarsefibred mind——mere trash ! weeds of too high disgrace in soil unprepared——infertile acre barren——disturbed——troubled with husks——possession unjustified——never unfolding flower of knowledge.
Treasure turns tin in shack of paper ! jadeworsted sheep needs treasure in echoing whispering banquet-hall of knightly castle smiling——frowning——with sky——clouds——through ages——aloft.
Education of W. C. trash.
Grafted——thrown into mind sudden——unprepared——unmerited——out of culture.
All America.
Sudden possession of leisure through sudden prosperity hastens ruin.
Gazes into chasm of knowledge——void——frightened——dizzy——lacking architecture.
Unable to serenly——trustingly——knowingly : gaze into depths hallowed——shifts gaze slantwise——shallow——denies depths for own shallowness——imperative command else ramble——capsize——being flat thin structure in illogical conceit that carries punishment as logic ever will punish illogic——to wrong place——world's edge——where swirls draft from sablewings of eagle circling——
——bird giantesque——God.
From rock walls of chasm at world's edge hewn——treasure vascillating in accord with dance——circle——flight of bird——castle——erect——deep——high——founded——smiles——frowns——stands.
Perpetual fear——defiance——lie——by necessity warps structure flimsy——cheaply bedizzened——shabby——before collapse into lath dust :
Sophistication——callowness : narcotics to smother acid burns of cancer——despair of structure. Gayless——tortured——diabolical——flippant——sneers void in W. C.'s particular case pathetically infantile——there are clever devils——beautiful in ruin——castles ruined in culture—— :
Baudelaire :
Organism condemned—— : unfinished flimsy——ageworn——
That hell !
Hell is in life :
Corpse outseeks corpse——dancing partners equal.
Touch of life's body corpses most frenzied dread ! not life fears touch corpse : Life fears nothing——omnipotent.
Life can give life to corpse——
not be in death——nor life——wearing mask of life in dread purgatory Impostors bad conscience——satan shame nursing decay——hate dance of living corpse.
Trepidation——shame——fear——disguised as defiance——yelled in swagger——ice orbed spleen——makes corpses hate grow——delivers to death untimely——unsought.
To touch life——break——dissemble——assemble anew immediate——in glory earned passion dance of molecules——life——Shiva corpse flees doubting resiliency——
that doubt condemns to death in life——to be neither.
In death life——
not death in life.
Perpetual shame no creature endures without hate——splendor points contrast.
Callousness from shame keeps out grief——honesty of surrender——healing emotion wave of utter despair followed instantly by kiss——face earthward——before chasm——in abandon of passionate humbleness——adore——let God take——
oblivious to distortion——ugliness——in ecstasy of mother self——of giving——stabbed by God's beauty.
Moment creative :
Distortion ugliness vanishes not believed in.
Are in mind——drug shapes——nightmares of somnolence of callousness.
Dreams of corpses——unreal——
not in life——hate : life love.
"Art may be the supreme hypocrisy of an information cultured (!) people——without contact——justifiable perhaps——(that would not be!) if it becomes at last actually the way sensitive people live" (How!)
But : and how "information cultured"——maybe your topdrawer——dome celebration ? do you already live justifiable——in sensitiveness——art-soaked sponge ?
Art no mechanical toy ! is life as life purposeful machine ! palpitating brain.
Hypocrisy stored up through ages !
Rembrandt hypocrite——Shakespeare——Goethe !
O give me hypocrite who life——act——with sense behind passionate blood——who believe——do ! deluge of wrath pour upon those jabbering uncreative joyless sincere nobodys that write, potter, live, are uninteresting for force of honesty ! Sure ! can't help it !
Jackassy——nincompoop——cocky——bastard soul——can hypocrisy inform——ever ! is hypocrisy quality——negates——creates ?
Hypocrisy——void——hypocrisy not virile——cannot live.
Nothing ever is——has been supreme about hypocrisy !
Ppyramids hypocrisy ? Agh——pah ! Carlos Williams——you wobbly-legged business satchel-carrying little louse !
You do make me laugh healthy belly laugh :
Tortured child——that is obliged in soul's estimate for that expensive education's sake to exhibit "intellect" ! wrestle with dolls——lifesized of most complex mechanism !
Cannot ! they crush you ! square chest——spit blood——cause consumption !
Give it up——not your calling——mind muscles flabby——unprepared of simple parentage.
With rag dolls toy gradually improving to moderately priced pets leave mechanisms intricate for selected children of nobility in toyland.
Art to you hypocrisy——for is your hypocrisy!
Entirely out of balance you !
Does art affect thus ?
Result : balance.
Not must leave bad memory——carry such !
Feeling of something exquisite——extraordinary——great——joyful——to be proud of——carry into age——no matter what happened——no matter what subject——will linger——must ! or individual unfit to indulge !
Art——strength——joy conveys joy—— to strong.
Gentleman in Europe carries intoxication as gentleman !——never loses balance——in deepest abandon of gayety——numbed senses——subconsciously breeding tells how far to go——when to retire.
Abstinence : lack of confidence in breeding——training :——debility.
In Europe to see man drunk quickest way to decide caste : plebian——bourgeois——gentleman.
We——ah ! do not need prohibition——possessing ! tradition——selection——pride
Thus carries artist intoxication of feeling——expresses in sound color shape (words) as artist.
Never losing balance——in deepest abandon——highest excitement——breeding of artist in blood——subconsciously tells how far to go——we becoming sober to criticise in cold blood.
Retires when becomes inexpressive——inarticulate——
silence——
death.

She



Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

Moon
Tops
Olive
Firridge

Hazy
Waked -

Blue
Squats
Snow -

Stirless
Brush
Blacks
Mute -

She
Strips -
Naked

[circa 1924]

Translated from the German
by Irene Gammel




Thunder and Lightning



Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

Let me drink your lips -
Let me swallow your breath -
Let me taste the perspiration of
Your windtangled skin

Your black hair cascades
In love's throes -
Your face lightning - thunder
A drunken flower.

[circa 1912]

Translated from the German
by Irene Gammel




Analytical Chemistry of Progeny



Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

My bawdy spirit is innate –
A legacy from my Dada -
His crude jest bestowed on me
The sparkle of obscenity

My noble mother's legacy
Melancholy - passion - ardour -
Curbed by gentlewoman's reins
Exiled from castle - spoilt gentility

I am - gleaming fruit at the tree top
Fulfilment - brilliant design
Of a thousand-year-old marriage manure
Genius - idiocy - filth - purity

Whether you love it or turn up your nose
Whether it pleases you or not
It grows - develops - pops off the tree
Circling ball – nude in stockings

What is necessity - Lala! The world -
What Brooklyn Bridge -
Glass-blackened waves and foam

[circa 1919]

Translated from the German
by Irene Gammel




Cosmic Chemistry



Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

“Live and learn”
“life = 1 damn thing after another”

Life is science -
God knows! –

1
Life = wombcrucible
Spirit = phalluspistol
Matter = ashes
Loss = gain =
Purification

2
Bloodsucked
Sucking
Alive:
Money breeds.

3
Lethe:
Orgasmic
Transition coma.

Money is bloodsucking-bloodsuckled
Life
It breeds

Death is
Orgasm
Lethe

Spring summer fall winter
birth sex decline death
eternity


Translated from the German
by Irene Gammel


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