By Gertrude Stein 1874–1946 Gertrude Stein
A violent luck and a whole sample and even then quiet.   

Water is squeezing, water is almost squeezing on lard. Water, water is a mountain and it is selected and it is so practical that there is no use in money. A mind under is exact and so it is necessary to have a mouth and eye glasses.   

A question of sudden rises and more time than awfulness is so easy and shady. There is precisely that noise.   

A peck a small piece not privately overseen, not at all not a slice, not at all crestfallen and open, not at all mounting and chaining and evenly surpassing, all the bidding comes to tea.   

A separation is not tightly in worsted and sauce, it is so kept well and sectionally.   

Put it in the stew, put it to shame. A little slight shadow and a solid fine furnace.   

The teasing is tender and trying and thoughtful.   

The line which sets sprinkling to be a remedy is beside the best cold.   

A puzzle, a monster puzzle, a heavy choking, a neglected Tuesday.   

Wet crossing and a likeness, any likeness, a likeness has blisters, it has that and teeth, it has the staggering blindly and a little green, any little green is ordinary.   

One, two and one, two, nine, second and five and that.   

A blaze, a search in between, a cow, only any wet place, only this tune.   

Cut a gas jet uglier and then pierce pierce in between the next and negligence. Choose the rate to pay and pet pet very much. A collection of all around, a signal poison, a lack of languor and more hurts at ease.   

A white bird, a colored mine, a mixed orange, a dog.   

Cuddling comes in continuing a change.   

A piece of separate outstanding rushing is so blind with open delicacy.   

A canoe is orderly. A period is solemn. A cow is accepted.   

A nice old chain is widening, it is absent, it is laid by.

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Poet Gertrude Stein 1874–1946


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 Gertrude  Stein


From the time she moved to France in 1903 until her death in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1946, American writer Gertrude Stein was a central figure in the Parisian art world. An advocate of the avant garde, Stein helped shape an artistic movement that demanded a novel form of expression and a conscious break with the past. The salon at 27 rue de Fleurus that she shared with Alice B. Toklas, her lifelong companion and secretary, became a . . .

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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