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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Embarkation
By John Gould Fletcher
 
From “Down the Mississippi”
August 22–27, 1915

DULL masses of dense green,
The forests range their sombre platforms.
Between them silently, like a spirit,
The river finds its own mysterious path.
 
Loosely the river sways out, backward, forward,        5
Always fretting the outer side;
Shunning the invisible focus of each crescent,
Seeking to spread into shining loops over fields:
 
Like an enormous serpent, dilating, uncoiling,
Displaying a broad scaly back of earth-smeared gold;        10
Swaying out sinuously between the dull motionless forests,
As molten metal might glide down the lip of a vase of dark bronze.
 
While this, the steamboat slowly drifting out upon it,
Seems now to be floating not only outwards but upwards—
In the flight of a petal detached and gradually moving skyward        15
Above the pink explosion of the calyx of the dawn.
 
 
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