Erotic Fridays: Edna St. Vincent Millay

Here’s today’s offering, Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Edna St. Vincent Millay (February 22, 1892 – October 19, 1950) . Edna St. Vincent Millay was one of the most respected American poets of the 20th century. Millay was known for her riveting readings and feminist views. She penned Renascence, one of her most well-known poems, and the book The Ballad of the Harp Weaver, for which she won a Pulitzer Prize in 1923. Most notably, it was this poem where she coined the popular phrase, “My candle burns at both ends.” Millay died in 1950 on her farm in Austerlitz, New York.

So, enjoy today’s offering. and have a good one.

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

I, Being born a Woman and Distressed (Sonnet XLI)

By: Edna St. Vincent Millay

I, being born a woman and distressed

By all the needs and notions of my kind,

Am urged by your propinquity to find

Your person fair, and feel a certain zest

To bear your body’s weight upon my breast:

So subtly is the fume of life designed,

To clarify the pulse and cloud the mind,

And leave me once again undone, possessed.

Think not for this, however, the poor treason

Of my stout blood against my staggering brain,

I shall remember you with love, or season

My scorn with pity, —let me make it plain:

I find this frenzy insufficient reason

For conversation when we meet again.

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