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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
A Petit Bourgeois
By Max Michelson
From “Masks”

SHARP nails grow out from your fat fingers;
Over your clean-shaven lip glimmers the moustache of a tom-cat.
Your smiles are investments at a hundred per-cent.
Yet one has only one life, one mouth, one stomach, and can take only one woman at a time;
Also, when you were younger, before you knew,        5
You foolishly allowed suffering to reach your heart.
So your face sometimes contorts wistfully—
  You use this sanctimoniously to deceive.

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