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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Fish and the Shadow
By Ezra Pound
THE SALMON-TROUT drifts in the stream,
The soul of the salmon-trout floats over the stream
Like a little wafer of light.
The salmon moves in the sun-shot, bright, shallow sea.
.  .  .  .  .  .
  As light as the shadow of the fish        5
            that falls through the water,
She came into the large room by the stair.
Yawning a little she came with the sleep still upon her.
“I’m just from bed. The sleep is still in my eyes.
Come. I have had a long dream.”        10
And I: “That wood?
And two springs have passed us!”
“Not so far—no, not so far now.
There is a place—but no one else knows it—
A field in a valley …        15
                “qu’ieu sui avinen
Ieu lo sai.”
  She must speak of the time
Of Arnaut de Mareuil, I thought, “qu’ieu sui avinen.”
Light as the shadow of the fish        20
That falls through the pale green water.

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