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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Death of an Artist
By Florence Kilpatrick Mixter
“I TIRE of looking at the sea,” he said.
“The composition’s bad; it needs a tree
Within the line of vision where the red
Of sunset pales before immensity.
There’s too much water and there’s too much sky        5
Without a frame to hold them in their place,
And not enough of shore to rest the eye
Or any little thing to shatter space.
If I were painting it”—he suddenly smiled—
“You’d come upon it almost unaware;        10
Down avenues of green your soul, beguiled,
Would yield the sea a glance and find it fair.
How swiftly then the spirit would go free!….
I tire,” he said, “of looking at the sea.”

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