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    Men by Fire in Autumn

    • Artist: Ogata Gekko, Japanese, 1859-1920
    • Medium: Woodblock color print
    • Dates: ca. 1890-1910
    • Period: Meiji Period
    • Dimensions: 9 3/8 x 9 3/4 in. (23.8 x 24.8 cm)  (show scale)
    • Signature: Signed: "Gekko"
    • Collections:Asian Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 2007.32.66
    • Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Dr. Eleanor Z. Wallace
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: Ogata Gekko (Japanese, 1859-1920). Men by Fire in Autumn, ca. 1890-1910. Woodblock color print, 9 3/8 x 9 3/4 in. (23.8 x 24.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Estate of Dr. Eleanor Z. Wallace, 2007.32.66
    • Image: overall, 2007.32.66_IMLS_PS3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 1/7/2010
    • Record Completeness: Adequate (54%)
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    07:02 05/4/2011
    Man standing:
    OK, I guess it’s my turn now…
    I’ll tell you of my casual encounters
    though I must confess
    I’ve only had one in my life
    unlike you guys, by your accounts
    and mine though only one,
    unlike you two prolific men,
    mine is true – as the tales you’ve told must certainly be concocted…
    no , no - you protest…of course you would,
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    it was a woman, a villager
    as I passed through on my way
    to the town beyond
    and we were in the fields
    there was a heavy storm
    everybody dispersed, ran across back home
    like wild animals in a forest fire
    and we, the two of us, found shelter in a shed below a tree
    and being wet and standing close together
    you see one thing led to another
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    the encounter was: WOW!
    I touched her on her shoulder
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    I let my fingers down her front
    and she said: Wow!
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    throughout the complete act
    and when I undressed
    and at the finale, all she said
    each time was: Wow!
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    she put on her clothes
    and she walked off, but then she turned
    one last time and said: Wow!
    And she ran off…

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