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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Exposition of the Contents of a Cab
By Wallace Stevens
 
From “Pecksniffiana”

VICTORIA CLEMENTINA, negress,
Took seven white dogs
To ride in a cab.
 
Bells of the dogs chinked.
Harness of the horses shuffled        5
Like brazen shells.
 
Oh-hé-hé! Fragrant puppets
By the green lake-pallors,
She too is flesh,
 
And a breech-cloth might wear,        10
Netted of topaz and ruby
And savage blooms;
 
Thridding the squawkiest jungle
In a golden sedan,
White dogs at bay.        15
 
What breech-cloth might you wear—
Except linen, embroidered
By elderly women?
 
 
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