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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
May Evening in Central Park
By Amy Lowell
 
From “Chalks: Black, Red, White”

LINES of lamp-light
Splinter the black water,
And all through
The dim park
Are lamps        5
Hanging among the trees.
But they are only like fire-flies
Pricking the darkness,
And I lean my body against it
And spread out my fingers        10
To let it drift through them.
I am a swimmer
In the damp night,
Or a bird
Floating over the sucking grasses.        15
I am a lover
Tracking the silver foot-prints
Of the moon.
I am a young man,
In Central Park,        20
With Spring
Bursting over me.
 
The trees push out their young leaves,
Although this is not the country;
And I whisper beautiful, hot words,        25
Although I am alone,
And a few more steps
Will bring me
The glare and suffocation
Of bright streets.        30
 
 
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