—exhibited at the Paris Exposition, 1889
The Voluptuous Dancing Girls of Egypt are seen in the streets of Cairo, dining
at the Romanian restaurant, or visiting
Paraguay, across from the Medicine Pavilion
with its harlequined maps of anatomy, bread made with seawater for dyspeptics,
and twin exhibits: “A Curious Case of Sweating”
and “Chest Development Due to Gymnastics.”
At Machinery Hall, sympathetic ink applies itself to a canvas of a winter scene.
Cobalt chloride sifted over the bushes,
when heated, turns the landscape green.
The Voluptuous Dancing Girls of Egypt synchronize their watches
at the Palace of Industry, then take in
“The History of Human Habitation”—
cave dwellers capable of cultivating pineapples. To return to the Hive
of Memory, they must wait their turn
at the perfumery, to dab vitriol on their wrists.