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Mabel Dodge Luhan
“Brett”
n.d.
Mabel Dodge Luhan Papers

This short poem, in Luhan’s hand, demonstrates the fractious relationship between Luhan and Dorothy Brett. It also demonstrates Luhan’s tendency to examine her friends and her relationships in her writing. Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant speculated that guests of Luhan’s might nervously wonder if they would appear as characters in her multi-volume memoir, Intimate Memories. The text reads:

  Brett

She lives alone by watching
And by the eyes alone
Attention never latching
They never stay at home

Vicarious endeavor
To sense the spirit’s thrill!
Real life will touch her never
Either for good or ill.

A lacky to any spirit
A chorus to any voice
She makes assent a merit
But truth lies hid in choice.

 

 

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