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“Suppose An Eyes” was published in Stein’s book Tender Buttons (C. Marie, 1914).

Tender Buttons [Suppose An Eyes]

Suppose it is within a gate which open is open at the hour of closing summer that is to say it is so.
All the seats are needing blackening. A white dress is in sign. A soldier a real soldier has a worn lace a worn lace of different sizes that is to say if he can read, if he can read he is a size to show shutting up twenty-four.
Go red go red, laugh white.
Suppose a collapse in rubbed purr, in rubbed purr get.
Little sales ladies little sales ladies little saddles of mutton.
Little sales of leather and such beautiful beautiful, beautiful beautiful.

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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