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Marianne Moore
Observations
New York: Dial
1924

Scofield Thayer’s copy with illustrations by Moore; illustration “Fish-shaped glass bottle.”
Moore illustrated Scofield Thayer’s copy of Observations with several small drawings. This image refers to her poem “An Egyptian Pulled Glass Bottle in the Shape of a Fish,” in which Moore writes: “Here we have thirst / and patience, from the first, / and art, as in a wave held up for us to see / in its essential perpendicularity; / not brittle but / intense— the spectrum, that / spectacular and nimble animal the fish, whose scales turn aside the sun’s sword with their polish.”

 

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