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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
Valardena Sunset
By Grace Hazard Conkling
From “Out of Mexico”

  WHEN I saw the hills before dawn,
They were of the texture of thin gauze—
The sky shone through.
  Now they are molten hills.
Like metal on the lip of a crater they palpitate and change,        5
Radiant, volatile.
The iron ravines flare and glow;
Scarlet lava brims the arroyo channels;
Overflowing in rivulets
It glazes the flashing sand.        10
Caverns, purple-dark a moment since,
Are boiling cauldrons of light;
They seethe under a primrose vapor.
There are no shadows anywhere;
Only undulating ridges of flamboyant copper,        15
Boulders of brass,
Precipices dripping hot gold,
Incandescent peaks that quiver upward
And hiss at contact with the sky.
  Can these be the hills I saw hanging like pale rose gauze        20
Against the door of the dawn?

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