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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Into These Things
By Emmy Veronica Sanders
 
From “Antagonisms”

THE GRASP of their hands has grown cold.
Furnaces needed
Red fire.
Their little souls,
Their cowardly cramped souls—        5
Bigness went
To steel and to stone.
 
Slow and feeble their breath.
Do you hear the white steam
Panting?        10
 
There is no music in their hearts.
Engines know rhythm,
Engines make
Loudness.
 
If their eyes are        15
Without longing,
Do not numbers
Create themselves?
 
And if their lips show not
The deep proud curve of passion,        20
Are not cities
Passionate?
 
Furnaces, steel towers, engines, cities—
And the pale-eyed people crawling,
Emptied        25
Into these things.
 
 
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