The poet stood reciting Examples of his art, Considering removing The veils about his heart. Eager and self-revealing, He did his stripping well, With every burning poem Another garment fell. With passionate abandon He flung each cloth away; Exulting in the pleasure Of noble self-display. Until upon the platform Were piled his draperies. And still the poet gestured, Naked and quite at ease. And no one screamed or fainted; There was no stir or start. The ladies all applauded At such a show of art.
- by Louis Untermeyer (1885 - 1977), "Matinée" [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "Matinée", 2008 [high voice and piano], from Two Poems of Louis Untermeyer, no. 2 [ sung text checked 1 time]
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