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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Cyclists
By Amy Lowell
 
SPREAD on the roadway,
With open-blown jackets
Like black, soaring pinions,
They swoop down the hill-side,
        The Cyclists.        5
 
Seeming dark-plumaged
Birds, after carrion,
Careening and circling,
Over the dying
        Of England.        10
 
She lies with her bosom
Beneath them, no longer
The Dominant Mother,
The Virile—but rotting
        Before time.        15
 
The smell of her, tainted,
Has bitten their nostrils.
Exultant they hover,
And shadow the sun with
        Foreboding.        20
 
 
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