“Dea Ex Machina” by John Updike

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Dea Ex Machina
John Updike

“In brief, shapeliness and smoothness of the flesh are desirable because they are signs of biological efficiency.” – David Angus, The New York Times Book Review

My love is like Mies van der Rohe’s
“Machine for living”; she
Divested of her underclothes,
Suggests efficiency.

Her supple shoulders call to mind
A set of bevelled gears;
Her lower jaw has been aligned
To hinge behind her ears.

Her hips, sweet ball-and-socket joints,
Are padded to perfection;
Each knee, with its patella, points
In just the right direction.

Her fingertips remind me of
A digital computer;
She couldn’t be, my well-tooled love,
A millimeter cuter.

Updike Poems



Ernest Hilbert

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