Friday, April 24, 2009

four's a pair

Gertrude Stein, "Readings" (1921)

Kisses can kiss us
A duck a hen and fishes, followed by wishes.
Happy little pair.

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I adore this little poem. It's got a lot of Stein it it - and by that I suppose I mean that it's teachable in an introduction to Stein overall. Back in '99 or so I recorded a short improvised reading of the poem with Shawn Walker and have now converted it to mp3 and added it to the English 88 intro to modernism pages.