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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Proud New York
By John Reed
 
(Fragment from a long poem—America: 1918)

BY proud New York and its man-piled Matterhorns,
The hard blue sky overhead and the west wind blowing,
Steam-plumes waving from sun-glittering pinnacles,
And deep streets shaking to the million-river—
 
    Manhattan, zoned with ships, the cruel        5
      Youngest of all the world’s great towns,
    Thy bodice bright with many a jewel,
      Imperially crowned with crowns …
 
    Who that has known thee but shall burn
      In exile till he come again        10
    To do thy bitter will, O stern
      Moon of the tides of men!
 
 
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