Poetry Month #12: Mina Loy on Brancusi

Gail Rieke’s photograph of Brancusi’s sculptures just seemed to need some poetry! Modernist Mina Loy opens her poem “Brancusi’s Golden Bird” like this:

The toy
became the aesthetic archetype
As if
some patient peasant God
had rubbed and rubbed
the Alpha and Omega
of Form
into a lump of metal
A naked orientation
unwinged unplumed
—the ultimate rhythm
has lopped the extremities
the nucleus of flight


You can find the complete poem here—https://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nael/20century/topic_2_05/brancusi_golden_bird_05.pdf

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About Miriam Sagan

I'm blogging about poetry, land art, haiku, women artists, road trips, and Baba Yaga at Miriam's Well (https://miriamswell.wordpress.com). The well is ALWAYS looking to publish poetry on our themes, sudden fiction, and guest bloggers and musers.

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