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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
By Leonora Speyer
From “Reflections”

(I sing with myself)

OUT of my sorrow
I’ll build a stair,
And every tomorrow
Will climb to me there;
    With ashes of yesterday        5
    In its hair.
My fortune is made
Of a stab in the side,
My debts are paid
In pennies of pride:        10
    Little red coins
    In a heart I hide.
The stones that I eat
Are ripe for my needs;
My cup is complete        15
With the dregs of deeds.
    Clear are the notes
    Of my broken reeds.
I carry my pack
Of aches and stings,        20
Light with the lack
Of all good things;
    But not on my back,
    Because of my wings!

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