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Thursday, December 31, 2015
RING IN THE NEW YEAR
"Only connect...." —E. M. Forster
Gustav Manz design for Diana ring mounting, 18K
Sold to George Bell, December 1919 Winterthur Museum Archive
NEW YEAR'S EVE
By D. H. Lawrence (1885–1930)
[From Look! We Have Come Through! 1918]
THERE are only two things now,
The great black night scooped out
And this fire-glow.
This fire-glow, the core,
And we the two ripe pips
That are held in store.
Listen, the darkness rings
As it circulates round our fire.
Take off your things.
Your shoulders, your bruised throat!
Your breasts, your nakedness!
This fiery coat!
As the darkness flickers and dips,
As the firelight falls and leaps
From your feet to your lips!
T. R. Smith, comp. Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse. 1921–22.