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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Lean Gray Rats
By Skipwith Cannéll
From “Songs of Hunger”

THE LEAN gray rats of hunger
    Have gnawed my soul in twain;
Till cursing the God that made it,
    The good half died in pain.
The ill half lived and prospered,        5
    Waxed brutal and strong and fat;
But the good half died and was eaten
    In hell by a lean, gray rat.

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