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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Power of Nothing
By Mark Turbyfill
From “Voluntaries”

I ONLY laughed,
As at a gauche mistake,
When I learned we had paid
With innocent counterfeit—
That such carnival, confetti,        5
Festival of flamingo fun,
We had danced for nothing spent:
So much brightness
All out of nothing!
But when I learned of my awkwardness—        10
Mistaking the denomination, color, design
Of a little word you gave me!—
And of the bright shapes of dreams
Germinated in my heart
All out of nothing,        15
I could not laugh any more;
For there was a sharp severing of slender unseen roots,
And that fruit which they bore
Fell dangling and bruised
From the tendrils and the vine.        20
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