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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
Concentric Circles
By Clifford Franklin Gessler
From “The Villager”

CRACKS in broken windows
Thread out like spokes from the center where a pebble or a bullet struck,
Cross and recross, and spread to the edge of the pane.
Ripples in still water or running water race out in concentric circles from the place where a stone or a body is thrown in.
Ice forms on pools in long thin slivers that knit slowly and close up the gaps till a hard, brittle floor is formed.        5
Fissures in stones spread slowly, and widen and deepen with the prying of frost.
Thoughts are like all these things.

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