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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
By Laura Sherry
From “Ridge People”

IT ain’t worth nothin’ as land goes,
And yet it’s somethin’.
Kinda nice—
A hill of boulders
Smilin’ in the sun.        5
I only took it because ’twas cheap.
I wasn’t one of them
That had the earnin’ guts
To pick and choose.
My girl and I have worked        10
To coax the crops around these stones.
She was pretty once—
Lord, now her bones stick out
Like ridge-poles in a tent.
I ain’t complainin’.        15
The land—
She’d say it wasn’t any good
Except to hold the world together.
It’s held her
And me.        20

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