By Eleanor Lerman
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And the radio is gagging Do you hear the chorus filling the airwaves? Do you see the rich smiles as they scratch the backs of their knees? Where is my girl? Why won't anyone talk about her any more? Is that gone too? Page 8 It all came so quickly the walk into the river the first small loss of life Now my home is thought of as the village and the village is long gone to dust once it was all love, wasn't it or it was nothing at all Page 9 Gold Duster With rotated hips and a candy heart she walked into the Mother Kitchen Then it was radio recipes and fool's gold pills all the way E, she said, how much do you know about those girls curled up in their bathrobes with economy-size bottles of strawberry body oil?
Are the women of this country our main concern? she cried, I have invented a simple way to cook up Gold Duster Eyes! Our clients will be so thrilled! Page 10 Yes, yes, my little love! These are the Gold Duster Days! in your see-through wrapper accusing me in a theatrical voice of dismantling the phonograph You know, dear heart, our marriage will fall to pieces if your friends keep up in this fashion It's all the fault of your mother, the stripping witch for telling you that accompaniment is the spice of life I could sleep well without the metronome between us so there I was at noon calling the library for an emergency delivery of musical comedy scores (must you move your eyes like that when I am telephoning?
Page iii Contents The Texas Girls 1 Vitamin Discussion 3 Blue, Repeat 5 Always 7 Gold Duster 9 A Day in the Life 11 Famous Insanity, Rejected by the Second Generation 13 Ecclesiology 15 Nuns, Geometry, Grief 17 Poem for Time 18 At Home in America 21 Magick 23 Sweet Thing's Movie 25 There Will Come Gentle Monsters 27 The Marriage 28 The Love of God 30 Return 31 Sleep 33 The Winter Sky of Cathay 35 In Massachusetts, the Flight 37 Relocating in Summer 38 Diamond Reo 40 Romance, I Think, Must Remain 41 Illegal Bodies 43 Chances 45 Housework 46 There Are No Communications 48 The Common Fate of Objects 50 Come the Sweet by and by 52 Accidental 54 Mountain Resort 56 Rock on 58 Influence, Communication, Art 59 Summer Games 61 The Death of Jazz 63 Infinity 64 Departure 66 Roller Skater 68 Relay Events 70 Paris Rose 71 Coming Attractions 73 Page 1 The Texas Girls The Texas girls make deep and courtly bows for each other in chambers adjoining the ballroom Their silence is secretive and serious All the organdy and tulle in the Lone Star State rustles uneasily in shuttered closets and dark dress shops This is a night to lie close against a woman's arm The never-to-be husbands stand together waiting for them in the carpeted hallway whispering across clear, ribboned boxes of white carnations about how ephemeral and unladylike the debutantes' bodies have become And will they ever walk through that doorway again?