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“A Long Dress” was published in Stein’s book Tender Buttons (C. Marie, 1914). 

Tender Buttons [A Long Dress]

What is the current that makes machinery, that makes it crackle, what is the current that presents a long line and a necessary waist. What is this current.

What is the wind, what is it.

Where is the serene length, it is there and a dark place is not a dark place, only a white and red are black, only a yellow and green are blue, a pink is scarlet, a bow is every color. A line distinguishes it. A line just distinguishes it.

This poem is in the public domain.

This poem is in the public domain.

Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein was born in Pennsylvania in 1874. An important figure among American expatriates in Paris, she was known for her experimental literature, including Tender Buttons (Claire Marie, 1914). She died in France in 1946.

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