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Venus Anadyomene

As from a green zinc coffin, a woman’s Head with brown hair heavily pomaded Emerges slowly and stupidly from an old bathtub, With bald patches rather badly hidden;

Then the fat gray neck, broad shoulder-blades Sticking out; a short back which curves in and bulges; Then the roundness of the buttocks seems to take off; The fat under the skin appears in slabs:

The spine is a bit red; and the whole thing has a smell Strangely horrible; you notice especially Odd details you’d have to see with a magnifying glass…

The buttocks bear two engraved words: CLARA VENUS; —And that whole body moves and extends its broad rump Hideously beautiful with an ulcer on the anus.



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