Marianne Moore: Poetry

August 30, 2016

“The Mind Is an Enchanting Thing”

Filed under: Poem Sources — by moore123 @ 6:56 pm

“like the apteryx-awl

                as a beak, or the

kiwi’s rain-shawl

                          of haired feathers, the mind

                          feeling its way as though blind,

walks along with its eyes on the ground.”

                                   –The Nation, 157 (December 1943), 250-251

Moore gave Louise Crane a manuscript copy of this poem and at the bottom of the page, traced the image of a kiwi from a Kiwi Boot Polish Can, including the word “waterproof.”

Image result for kiwi boot polish

Here is the original apteryx, also known as a kiwi,





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