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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Strange Tree
By Elizabeth Madox Roberts
 
From “Under the Tree”

AWAY beyond the Jarboe house
  I saw a different kind of tree.
Its trunk was old and large and bent,
  And I could feel it look at me.
 
The road was going on and on        5
  Beyond, to reach some other place.
I saw a tree that looked at me,
  And yet it did not have a face.
 
It looked at me with all its limbs;
  It looked at me with all its bark.        10
The yellow wrinkles on its sides
  Were bent and dark.
 
And then I ran to get away,
  But when I stopped and turned to see,
The tree was bending to the side        15
  And leaning out to look at me.
 
 
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