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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
By Marsden Hartley
From “Sunlight Persuasions”

YOU, yellow climber,
You, whom I have the honor to address
Amorously, at the high noon of my morning.
The Sunday of a new caress is over me.
Just there, a little to the left of your cheek—        5
Sitting upon the needlepoint
Of an unfeathered plum-tree—
So high it is where he sits
The hills graze his eyelids and his mouth—
A mockingbird, amorously inveigling.        10
If you think he is mocking you, yellow one,
Do not trouble.
He is nevertheless
With fan-shaped petals of cerise        15
The ground is covered this morning.
The ladies must have dropped
Their modesties here, last night—
In passing.
It is of them too the mockingbird sings,        20
Toward the morning.

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