Mina Loy always considered herself more of a visual rather than a verbal artist. She was born in London in 1882, and first established a reputation as a post-Impressionist painter. She lived in Paris during the early years of the 20th century and was involved in all of the artistic movements of the time: dadaism, futurism, surrealism. She moved to the U.S. in 1916, and in 1921 Ezra Pound wrote to Marianne Moore, editor of Poetry magazine: “Is there anyone in America except you, Bill [William Carlos Williams] and Mina Loy who can write anything of interest in verse?” One of Loy’s verses, “Aphorisms on Futurism,” is an aphorism sequence as much as it is a poem. My thanks Lori Ellison for alerting me to Mina Loy. Excerpted aphorisms:
THE velocity of velocities arrives in starting.
LOVE the hideous to find the sublime core of it.
LOVE of others is an appreciation of one’s self.
MAY your egotism be so gigantic that you comprise mankind in your self-sympathy.
TIME is the dispersion of intensiveness.
THE Futurist can live a thousand years in one poem.