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Pretty Words
Elinor Wylie

Poets make pets of pretty, docile words:
I love smooth words, like gold-enamelled fish
Which circle slowly with a silken swish,
And tender ones, like downy-feathered birds:
Words shy and dappled, deep-eyed deer in herds,
Come to my hand, and playful if I wish,
Or purring softly at a silver dish,
Blue Persian kittens fed on cream and curds.

I love bright words, words up and singing early;
Words that are luminous in the dark, and sing;
Warm lazy words, white cattle under trees;
I love words opalescent, cool, and pearly,
Like midsummer moths, and honied words like bees,
Gilded and sticky, with a little sting.

"Americans are trained to invest money, are said to take even desperate chances on that, yet never do they invest beauty nor take desperate chances on that. With money they try to buy beauty——after it has died——famishing——with grimace. Beauty is ever dead in America."

- Else von Freftag-Loringhoven

"You're a writer! You know, I've written 500 poems. They're all in bags. Somewhere. Oh, darling, I've been through the most horrible things in the world. But you can't tell Americans that. They're used to lots of money and everything being great. And in America you're not supposed to live with your parents. But I don't know. I loved Mother."




Elizabeth Bishop (trans.). The Diary of Helena Morley.
Caroline Blackwood. Great Granny Webster.
Jane Bowles. Two Serious Ladies.
Charles Bukowski. Love is a Dog from Hell.
Sophie Calle. Exquisite Pain.
Angela Carter. Nights at the Circus.
Theresa Hak Jyung Cha. Dictee.
Colette. Complete Claudine.
Hilda Conkling. Poems By a Little Girl.
Katharine Dunn. Geek Love.
Danielle Dutton. Attempts at a Life.
Janet Frame. Owls Do Cry.
Phoebe Gloekner. The Diary of a Teenage Girl.
Lyn Hejinian. My Life.
Susan Howe. My Emily Dickinson.
Shirley Jackson. We Have Always Lived in the Castle.
Fluer Jaeggy. Sweet Days of Discipline.
Anna Kavan. Ice.
Elaine Kraf. The Princess of 72nd Street.
Violette Leduc. La Batarde.
Clarice Lispector. The Stream of Life.
Anita Loos. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Anais Nin. House of Incest.
don marquis. archy and mehitabel.
Carole Maso. The American Woman in the Chinese Hat.
Cormac McCarthy. Outer Dark.
Nancy Mitford. The Pursuit of Love.
Edna O'Brien. The Country Girls Trilogy.
Sylvia Plath. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath.
Marie Redonnet. Rose Mellie Rose.
Diane Wakoski. The Collected Greed.
Andy Warhol. The Andy Warhol Diaries.
Opal Whiteley. The Singing Creek Where the Willow Grows.
Marguerite Young. Miss MacIntosch, My Darling.


My Man Godfrey, 1936, Gregory La Cava
The Women, 1939, George Cukor
Bakushû, 1951, Yasujiro Ozu
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953, Howard Hawkes
The Trouble with Harry, 1955, Alfred Hitchcock
Baby Doll, 1956, Elia Kazan
Les Yeux Sans Visage, 1960, Georges Franju
Cleo from 5 to 7, 1961, Agnes Varda
The Misfits, 1961, John Huston
Charade, 1963, Stanley Donen
Älskande par, 1964, Mai Zetterling
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, 1964, Jacques Demy
Giulietta degli spiriti, 1965, Federico Fellini
Inside Daisy Clover, 1965, Robert Mulligan
Women in Love, 1969, Ken Russell
My Name is Oona , 1969, Gunvor Nelson
Valerie a týden divu, 1970, Jaromil Jires
El espíritu de la colmena, 1973, Victor Erice
Picnic at Hanging Rock, 1975, Peter Weir
Grey Gardens, 1975, Albert & David Maysles
3 Women, 1977, Robert Altman
Pretty Baby, 1978, Louis Malle
Bildnis einer Trinkerin, 1979, Ulrike Ottinger
Under the Cherry Moon, 1986, Prince
The Unbelievable Truth, 1989, Hal Hartley
Angela, 1995, Rebecca Miller
Showgirls, 1995, Paul Verhoeven
Ali Zaoua, prince de la rue, 2000, Nabil Ayouch
À ma soeur!, 2001, Catherine Breillat
Baran, 2001, Majid Majid
L'École, 2004, Lucile Hadzihalilovic
The Fountain, 2006, Darren Arronofsky
Perfume: the story of a Murderer, 2006, Tom Tykwer

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