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Mina Loy is best known for her formally and thematically innovative free verse, which appeared in little magazines in the 1910s and 1920s. She later distanced herself from this free verse movement, with which she was so strongly associated, claiming: "My 'poetry' had nothing to do with that movement." Bibliographic Citation link. Instead, she turned to writing verse "as one feels": "I tried to forget that I had ever in my life read anything & see if I could let out that natural expression that must be innate to all mankind." Bibliographic Citation link. In addition to her free verse, Mina Loy wrote prose, including manifestoes, autobiography, and a novel, but very little of this was published during her lifetime. She also produced a wide range of visual art throughout her life; she asserted: "The two, writing and painting, go together with me." Bibliographic Citation link.
27 December 1882 Mina Gertrude Lowy (later ML) was born in Hampstead. Bibliographic Citation link.
June 1914 ML's first known published work, "Aphorisms on Futurism", appeared in Camera Work under the name Mina Loy. Bibliographic Citation link.
October 1914 ML's free-verse poem "Parturition" appeared in The Trend. Bibliographic Citation link.
25 September 1966 ML died of pneumonia in Aspen, Colorado. Bibliographic Citation link.
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