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“Tender Buttons [Nothing Elegant]” was published in Tender Buttons (Claire Marie, 1914). 

Tender Buttons [Nothing Elegant]

A charm a single charm is doubtful. If the red is rose and there is a gate surrounding it, if inside is let in and there places change then certainly something is upright. It is earnest. 

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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A CHAIR.

A widow in a wise veil and more garments shows that shadows are even. It addresses no more, it shadows the stage and learning. A regular arrangement, the severest and the most preserved is that which has the arrangement not more than always authorised.

A suitable establishment, well housed,

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          Verse I.
Indeed indeed
Can you see
The stars.
And regularly the precious treasure.
What do we have without measure.
We know.

          Verse II.
We suspect the second man.

          Verse III
We are worthy of everything that happens.
You mean

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A BOX.

A large box is handily made of what is necessary to replace any substance. Suppose an example is necessary, the plainer it is made the more reason there is for some outward recognition that there is a result.

A box is made sometimes and them to see to see to it neatly and to have the holes