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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
First Growth
By Richard Butler Glaenzer
From “Crayons of Dominica”

THE NATIVES call this shadowless silence the grands-bois
And tell you these matted buttressed masses are trees—
Fromagers, chataigners, bois blancs and gommiers
That solid darkness above, nothing but leaves.
No! I am creeping between the legs of monsters,        5
Mammoths and mastodons tangled in merciless vines.
It is their bellies that block the scorching sunlight:
The drops that fall are their sweat as they strain to the clouds.

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