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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
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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