View Full Version : mina loy -- because i didn't know...

04-08-2005, 06:50 AM
someone mentioned her as a poet in another post. the name rang a bell, but i didn't know anything about her. so here...

Mina Loy was born in London on December 27, 1882. She attended a conservative art school and was influenced early on by Impressionism. She achieved some success as a painter, and her paintings were *******d in the prestigious Salon d'Automne show in Paris, 1905. After several years in the heart of Parisian literary and arts society, Loy moved to the United States in 1916, although her reputation preceded her. While hailed as representing the New Woman and the last word in modern verse, Loy's poetry disturbed a few of her more conservative contemporaries. Marianne Moore found herself uneasy in Loy's company, and Amy Lowell was so incensed by the publication of Loy's "Love Songs" in Others magazine that she refused to submit any more work to the periodical. Conrad Aiken encouraged readers to "pass lightly over the_._._. tentacular quiverings of Mina Loy," and John Collier cited Loy's verse as an example of "the need for objective standards." Still, Loy had many admirers, among them William Carlos Williams, Marcel Duchamp, and the members of the New York Dada group--including the poet/boxer Arthur Cravan, whom she married in 1918. In 1921, Pound extolled the virtues of her work to his closest friends, and in 1926, Yvor Winters compared her to Emily Dickinson.

Also an artist, Loy has been labelled a Futurist, Dadaist, Surrealist, feminist, conceptualist, modernist, and post-modernist. Experimenting with media in her artwork, she moved from oil to ink by World War I, then lighting fixtures in the late 1920s, and finally to sculptures featuring items collected from the streets and garbage cans of Manhattan. She allied herself with her visual art more than her writing, claiming at the end of her life that she "never was a poet."

Loy became reclusive in her later years, and lacked any interest in building a reputation for herself. Mina Loy died September 29, 1966, in Aspen, Colorado, leaving behind an unfinished biography of Isadora Duncan and an unpublished collection of poems she had written during the 1940s.

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Cherub Angel
04-08-2005, 07:20 AM

04-08-2005, 07:55 AM
Originally posted by TIMb
Mina Loy died September 29, 1966, in Aspen, Colorado, leaving behind an unpublished collection of poems she had written during the 1940s.
They need to Tupac that shit.

04-08-2005, 11:29 PM
so i'm guessing the song is in the style of the futurist mina loy...but i'm not that smart, so i'd say i don't know what i'm talking about.

04-09-2005, 10:08 AM

Axis of Action
04-09-2005, 10:20 PM
slightly more info

Axis of Action
04-09-2005, 10:22 PM
the most interesting of which it turns out she never really married Arthur Cravan... they apparently attempted to elope to Mexico separately but he went sailing on a yacht and disappeared.