Orchard Farming

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Orchard Farming

by Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

Original Source

Encoded documents and images are derived from manuscripts in the Papers of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven in Special Collections at the University of Maryland, College Park, Libraries. In addition, individual pages or leaves of manuscripts are identified by the corresponding reel and frame numbers of the microfilm edition of the Freytag-Lorinhoven Papers.

Witness List

  • Reel 5, Frame 180
  • Reel 5, Frame 181
  • Reel 5, Frame 182
  • Reel 5, Frame 183

Textual Notes

Drafts of this poem occupy series 3, box 3, folder 14. The poem was written between 1923 and 1927. To the editor's knowledge, it has not been reprinted or published.

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Critical Introduction

Elements such as these would not have presented well on the stock, black-and-white, printed publication page. Indeed, it is quite often that, as the Baroness writes, "Print teeth bite."

Like "Matter Level Perspective" in which the Baroness uses lines in addition to words to represent meaning, "Orchard Farming" seems heavily influenced both by the typographical experiments of Tzara and Raul Hausmann and also Francis Picabia’s and Marcel Duchamp’s machine drawings. In "Orchard Farming" slanted lines down the side of the longer stanzas emphasize the fact that each stanza flows from small words to longer words, except for the penultimate stanza. Some lines, like the one-word stanza "CONTRAST" are marked with vertical lines emphasizing their "stopping" affect on the downward progression of the text. Whether the lines were an aid in creating the poem or were intended to exist in the final version of the piece is not obvious from the extant manuscripts for "Orchard Farming," but on a version of "Purgatory Lilt," which the Baroness included in an undated letter to Barnes, the Baroness writes that "the strokes or lines are long and short spaces between words and sentences," indicating that lines do matter (UMD reel 2, frames 226-7). It is evident that the lines reflect the content of the poem, a poem that discusses the flow and halt of life and creative endeavors.

XWitness
ABOUT ORCHARD FARMING
LORE Orchard
CONSOLING STUPID LESSON ' TO: MOURNERS -
TO
TO MOURNERS - SNOTTY
SNOTTY
SNUBBING SNOTTY YOUTH SNOBSSNOBS .

EACH AGE PERIOD 'HAS' COUTENANCE FACE FACE - 'GESTURE ' - COUNTENANCE .
AGE - 'EXPRESSION - COUNTENANCE.FACE
HAS FACE .

COUNTENANCE
GESTURE
EXPRESSION
FACE.

THATTHAT WHO HASWICH BEARSDROOPS DROOPS 'WITH' WILTED WITHERED BLOOM -
DROOPS NO FRUIT COUNTENACE - 'IS ' SPRINGYOUTHSPRINGSHELL - YOUTH DUMMYSHELL'GHOSTTREE - 'EARTHRUBBISH.

'GHOST TREE - EARTHEARTHRUBBISH - - WITH
WILTED
BLOOM
IS:
SPRINGSHELL
TREE
GHOST
EARTHRUBBISH.

TO SPRINGSPRING SEED SHALL BE OFFERD GIVEN ITS GIVEN
SEED ITSFERTILIZERDUNGDUNG ' - SPACE -
SHALL SPACE
BE BURNING. IT-
CAST
OFFERD
IT'S
DUNG
SPACE
BURNING.

IN CONSEQUENCETRAST CONTRAST:

THAT POPPSBRIMSPOPPSTHAT WHO BRIMS WITH FRUITS
POPPS
WITH
FRUITS MATURED RESULT -GLOSSGREEN BUFF DAPPELD DINTED SPIKED SAFRON CRIMSON FLAME POPPY YELLOW
MATURED
RESULT:

GLOSSGREEN -
BUFF -
??SULPHURSAFRON -
BRICK CRIMSON
DAPPLED -
DIMPLED DINTED FURRED
FURRED
SPIKED

SKILLPAYING -
PRAISE RIPE LADEN RIPE GLOSSGREEN -
IS

IS VENERABLE - ADORABLE

UNTIL PLUCKED BARE -!
PLUCKED
BARE .

COCK-EEARD

FOR AMONGST PRIDES GLOSSGREEN PRIDES BEAMING FOLIAGE GREENERY FOLIAGE 'FROM AMONGST PRIDEBEAMING FOLIAGESMONGST
PRIDEBEAMING FOLIAGES LADEN WITH LORE
FOLIAGES'
BENEATHBENEATH FRISKY TRUSTY AFFECTIONATE SNICKERING CROWNS BENEATH PRIDES GREENERY SNICKERING CROWN CROWNS
CROWNS' LADEN WITH LORE
AMONGST PRIDES GLOSSGREEN FOLIAGEGOSSIPPING A TALKATIVE GREENERY GREENERY
GREENERY

RIFE FRISKYRIFEWITH LORE
WITH
LORE

FRISKS GRINS WIPS FRISKS BOSSSQUATS FRISKS SQUATS GARDENER
BOSS BEAMINGLORDCREATION .
MUNCHING APPLES COCKEARD GRINNING FOR MUNCHING

??CREATION APPLES


 
AMONGSTFROM PRIDES FOLIAGE
 
BENEATHBENEATH SNICKERING BEAMING CROWNS FOLIAGE CROWNS
 
TALKATIVE GREENERY
 
AFFECTIONATE
 
LADENFRISKY WITH LORE
 
SQUATESGRINS LORD
 
MUNCHING APPLES
 
GRINNING
 
COCKEARD
E.V.F.LE.V.F.L
XWitness
ABOUT ORCHARD FARMING
LORE Orchard
CONSOLING STUPID LESSON ' TO: MOURNERS -
TO
TO MOURNERS - SNOTTY
SNOTTY
SNUBBING SNOTTY YOUTH SNOBSSNOBS .

EACH AGE PERIOD 'HAS' COUTENANCE FACE FACE - 'GESTURE ' - COUNTENANCE .
AGE - 'EXPRESSION - COUNTENANCE.FACE
HAS FACE .

COUNTENANCE
GESTURE
EXPRESSION
FACE.

THATTHAT WHO HASWICH BEARSDROOPS DROOPS 'WITH' WILTED WITHERED BLOOM -
DROOPS NO FRUIT COUNTENACE - 'IS ' SPRINGYOUTHSPRINGSHELL - YOUTH DUMMYSHELL'GHOSTTREE - 'EARTHRUBBISH.

'GHOST TREE - EARTHEARTHRUBBISH - - WITH
WILTED
BLOOM
IS:
SPRINGSHELL
TREE
GHOST
EARTHRUBBISH.

TO SPRINGSPRING SEED SHALL BE OFFERD GIVEN ITS GIVEN
SEED ITSFERTILIZERDUNGDUNG ' - SPACE -
SHALL SPACE
BE BURNING. IT-
CAST
OFFERD
IT'S
DUNG
SPACE
BURNING.

IN CONSEQUENCETRAST CONTRAST:

THAT POPPSBRIMSPOPPSTHAT WHO BRIMS WITH FRUITS
POPPS
WITH
FRUITS MATURED RESULT -GLOSSGREEN BUFF DAPPELD DINTED SPIKED SAFRON CRIMSON FLAME POPPY YELLOW
MATURED
RESULT:

GLOSSGREEN -
BUFF -
??SULPHURSAFRON -
BRICK CRIMSON
DAPPLED -
DIMPLED DINTED FURRED
FURRED
SPIKED

SKILLPAYING -
PRAISE RIPE LADEN RIPE GLOSSGREEN -
IS

IS VENERABLE - ADORABLE

UNTIL PLUCKED BARE -!
PLUCKED
BARE .

COCK-EEARD

FOR AMONGST PRIDES GLOSSGREEN PRIDES BEAMING FOLIAGE GREENERY FOLIAGE 'FROM AMONGST PRIDEBEAMING FOLIAGESMONGST
PRIDEBEAMING FOLIAGES LADEN WITH LORE
FOLIAGES'
BENEATHBENEATH FRISKY TRUSTY AFFECTIONATE SNICKERING CROWNS BENEATH PRIDES GREENERY SNICKERING CROWN CROWNS
CROWNS' LADEN WITH LORE
AMONGST PRIDES GLOSSGREEN FOLIAGEGOSSIPPING A TALKATIVE GREENERY GREENERY
GREENERY

RIFE FRISKYRIFEWITH LORE
WITH
LORE

FRISKS GRINS WIPS FRISKS BOSSSQUATS FRISKS SQUATS GARDENER
BOSS BEAMINGLORDCREATION .
MUNCHING APPLES COCKEARD GRINNING FOR MUNCHING

??CREATION APPLES


 
AMONGSTFROM PRIDES FOLIAGE
 
BENEATHBENEATH SNICKERING BEAMING CROWNS FOLIAGE CROWNS
 
TALKATIVE GREENERY
 
AFFECTIONATE
 
LADENFRISKY WITH LORE
 
SQUATESGRINS LORD
 
MUNCHING APPLES
 
GRINNING
 
COCKEARD
E.V.F.LE.V.F.L

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