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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
La Mort de Paul Verlaine
By Max Michelson
From “Masks”

THE FEW rosy cloud-splotches
In the bluish-white afternoon sky
Shed down ruddy flowers of light—
Big, capriciously shaped lilies and orchids—so thickly
That some, held at the stems, stood as if growing straight from the grass.        5
Among them he came—short, heavy, a little ragged,
With eyes and lips that had laughed much with wine;
Faintly-drunk, as if wine-vapors of the past were hovering in his head;
Blowing his flute and dancing,
Now fast, now slow, and now stopping … listening …        10
An earth-flower among the light flowers.
Tired, he dropped down on the grass.
The light-flowers caressed his cheeks and his drowsy eyes with their cloud-like coolness—piling about him.
Did the trees understand?
The birds sang        15
As though it were a sunrise.

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