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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
Hag-hollerin’ Time
By Hervey Allen
From “The Sea-islands”

BLACK JULIUS peered out from the galley door;
Behind Jim Island, lying long and dim,
An infra owl-light tinged the twilight sky
As if a bonfire burned for cherubim.
Dark orange flames came leering through the pines;        5
And then the moon’s face, struggling with a sneeze,
Along the flat horizon’s level lines
Her nostrils fingered with palmetto trees.
Her platinum wand made water-wrinkles buckle.
Old Julius gave appreciative chuckle—        10
“It’s jes about hag-hollerin’ time,” he said.
I watched the globous buckeyes in his head
Peer back along the bloody moon-wash dim
To see the fish-tailed water-witches swim.

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