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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
By Jessica Nelson North
From “At Night”

WE have a gray room. The walls are gray and bare.
I have hung pictures and set flowers there.
I have made curtains with wide and snowy hem
For our tiny windows to make the best of them.
You look at me. Your look is still and gray.        5
Your look is cool and dim and far away.
I cannot open the stubborn husks that shut
Your heart away like the kernel in a nut.
I am afraid of what is in your heart.
I must probe deep; I must tear your mood apart.        10
Suddenly like a rocket, unaware,
Your eyes blossom and flare!

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