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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Department Store
By Maxwell Bodenheim
From “Sketches in Color”

  THIS squinting, moon-faced man is measuring lavender silk
For a muffled, little-eyed girl.
(Only the counter lies between them, but they do not see each other.)
  This waxen-lipped girl, whose eyes are like burning silk,
Is selling a frilled white waist        5
To a sleepy-faced old woman in flaring clothes.
(They are both secretly amused.)
  And this middle-aged, iron-bodied woman is wrapping candy
For a fat, delicate-faced man in black clothes.
  Rarely do they peep above the low wall between them        10
To look upon each other.

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