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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
By Marjorie Allen Seiffert
From “Gallery of Paintings”

WORDS curl like fragrant smoke-wreaths in the room
From the majestic beard of an old man
Who props his shabby feet upon the stove
Recalling ancient sorrows. In the gloom
Beyond the lamp a woman thinks of love,        5
Her round arms wrapped in her apron, her dark head
Drooping. She has a bitter thing to learn.
His words drift over her … uncomforted
Her pain whirls up and twists like a scarlet thread
Among his words. He rises, shoves his chair        10
Back from the stove, pauses beside her there;
Shuffles irresolutely off to bed.

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