What is Genius?

In the raw caverns of the Increate
we forge the dusk of Chaos
to that imperious jewellery of the Universe
— the Beautiful —

— Mina Loy, “Apology of Genius”

Genius breaks down text with line-by-line annotations, added and edited by anyone in the world. It’s your interactive guide to human culture.

— “About Genius,” Genius.com


Genius.com began in 2009 as a platform for annotating rap lyrics and has grown to be a crowd-sourced forum for lyrics, songs, and poems of all styles and genres. Texts published on Genius.com become “living documents,” as readers add annotations and vote them up or down.

Help interpret Loy’s genius and keep her work alive by adding your annotations to these poems:

You can also annotate lyrics from contemporary songs inspired by Mina Loy, such as:

  • Billy Corgan, “Mina Loy (M.O.H.),” from the album TheFutureEmbrace (2005)
  • Thurston Moore, “Mina Loy,” from the album Demolished Thoughts (2011)