Saturday, 7 June 2008

Collectable Poet Top Trumps 3: Gertrude Stein

As experimental as she was prolific, Gertrude Stein's cascades of repetition were downright sexy in places. A comfortable upbringing in a wealthy family makes for a low score on the colourful background, though Stein was later known to be a vocal political protester. We also gave her quite a low eccentricity rating as, other than her quirky statements about various fascist leaders, Gertrude was a fairly shrewd woman (she certainly knew about art investments!) and, together with Alice B Toklas, provided sociable gatherings in Paris. Shame 'Poety Friends' wasn't extended to artists in general. Gerty would've won that one hands down by getting on the blower to Pablo and co.

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