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Mina Loy
Drafts of “Nancy Cunard”
Mina Loy Papers

Drafts of Loy’s poem about Nancy Cunard, her friend, fellow poet, and editor of The Hours Press, provide a window on her creative process. The final, published version of the poem ends with lines derived from this draft’s beginning and its final lines are now the poem’s center:

  The vermilion wall
receding as a sin
beyond your moonstone whiteness,
Your chiffon voice.1


1 Mina Loy, “Nancy Cunard,” The Lost Lunar Baedeker: Poems, selected and edited by
Roger L. Conover, New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1996, p. 103.





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