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Tender Buttons [Dirt and Not Copper]

Dirt and not copper makes a color darker. It makes the shape so heavy and makes no melody harder.

It makes mercy and relaxation and even a strength to spread a table fuller. There are more places not empty. They see cover.


This poem is in the public domain. 

About this Poem

“Tender Buttons [Dirt and Not Copper]” was published in Tender Buttons (Claire Marie, 1914). 


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.

Date Published: 2016-07-17

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