Alluring, Earth seducing, with high conceits
is the sunset that reigns
at the end of westward streets....
A sudden flaring sky
troubling strangely the passer by
with visions, alien to long streets, of Cytherea
or the smooth flesh of Lady Castlemaine....
A frolic of crimson
is the spreading glory of the sky,
heaven's jocund maid
flaunting a trailed red robe
along the fretted city roofs
about the time of homeward going crowds
--a vain maid, lingering, loth to go....
This poem, together with "Autumn," is considered the birth of Imagism. It was published in 1909 with "Autumn" by The Poet's Club in London as part of a distributed Christmas booklet. By some sources, it was put alongside "Autumn" in later editions of Pound's Ripostes.
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