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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
On the Mesa
By A. Y. Winters
From “Monodies”

THIS I saw on the mesa’s edge
As the sun sprang up chanting:
A squat girl,
Naked as the red rock;
Brow, face, breasts, limbs,        5
Square lines in red rock;
Arms reaching toward the sun;
From parted lips
A silent song, veering like a swallow’s course, flying.
This I saw on the mesa’s edge        10
As the sun sprang up chanting.
But the sun outleapt its ardor, dwindled
To a cynical blinking yellow eye,
And she drooped heavily.
And I could have fingered her naked flesh        15
As one might touch crumbling stone!

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