Mona Lisa (after Walter Pater) - Luke Bradford

Mona Lisa (after Walter Pater) - Luke Bradford


"from the author: “Mona Lisa” is based on the poem by Walter Pater of the same name in the Oxford Book of Modern Verse (1936), here rewritten such that every word has four letters. The original poem is actually a passage from Pater's Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873) with line breaks added (and a V capitalized) by W. B. Yeats, the anthology's editor, who assigned the passage a “revolutionary importance.” I owe a debt to Craig Dworkin and Kenneth Goldsmith, whose Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing introduced me to this unusual piece."

About the Author...

Luke Bradford is an experimental poet living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His latest collection of constrained poetry, Glossology, is available for free download as a PDF or for purchase as a book at His work has been published in print and online by Spacecraft Press, Timglaset,, and ToCall magazine.

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