Danced to music by Louis Horst, the two sections of Two Poems of the East included "She like a dancer puts her broidered garments on" and "Little amber-coloured dancers move." Two Poems of the East premiered on October 16, 1927, at New York's Little Theatre. The cast for this performance included Graham with Betty Macdonald and Rosina Savelli. The choreography originated as Three Poems of the East (November 28, 1926). Two Poems of the East was reworked again in 1928 as separate dances--East Indian Poem and Chinese Poem.
A review of Two Poems from the East in Dance Magazine (December 1927) noted, "In the second poem the little girls were Javanese maids doing what seemed an authentic Javanese dance. The patterns they designed with their lovely young arms were as intricate as the rhythms they traced with their gentle-gliding feet. They should do more Oriental things and less of the somber."