By refusing to conform to either traditional love poetry tropes or modernist fatalism, Mina Loy creates a dynamic portrait of love in the modern age through her poem “Songs to Joannes.” This poem jarred many of its early readers and even incited some of them to anger and protest, and, perhaps, they did not merely find it offensive, obscene, or improper for a woman to have written (Academy for American Poets). Perhaps, they were deeply unsettled by the idea that love in their era was not as clean cut as they wanted it to be. It was messy and challenging and beautiful and undeniably human. And Mina Loy would not let them oversimplify or forget it.
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Shreiber, Maeera. “”Love Is a Lyric / of Bodies”: The Negative Aesthetics of Mina Loy’s Love Songs to Joannes.” Mina Loy: Woman and Poet. Ed. Keith Tuma and Maeera Shreiber. Orono: National Poetry Foundation, 1998. 87-109. Print.