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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1920.  1920.
 
Brick-Dust
 
Louisa Brooke
 
 
IT’S just a heap of ruin,
  A drunken brick carouse—
This thing my spirit grew in
  That once was called a house.
 
An attic where I scribbled        5
  Through baking summer days,
While street-pianos nibbled
  At the patient Marseillaise.
 
The spider-landlord squatted
  In a web of dinner-smells,        10
And people slowly rotted
  In little gossip-hells.
 
I hated all I learned there—
  And yet I could have cried
For a little oil I burned there,        15
  A little dream that died.

  Poetry, A Magazine of Verse
 

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