The Pastelogram

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There are many reasons to like Marianne Moore:
1) Her poetry – particularly her “love of intricately shaped animals”.
2) Her uniform. Not enough modern writers realise that without a tricorn hat and cape in the poetry world you are nothing. “She liked the shape of such hats, she said, because they concealed the defects of her head, which, she added, resembled that of a hop toad.”
3) The fact that when the Ford Motor Company hired her to think of names for their new model, she threw herself into the task with great enthusiasm: the Anticipator! Dearborn Diamanté! Turcotinga! The Intelligent Whale! Utopian Turtletop! I’d drive any of them. Mongoose Civique! Inexplicably the fools went with the Ford Edsel instead.
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