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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
Alter Brody. 1895–
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TINGLING shafts of light, 
Like gigantic staffs 
Brandished by blind, invisible hands, 
Cross and recross each other in the sky, 
Frantically—         5
Groping among the stars—stubbing themselves against the bloated clouds— 
Tapping desperately for a sure foothold 
In the fluctuating mists. 
Calm-eyed and inaccessible 
The stars peer through the blue fissures of the sky,  10
Unperturbed among the panic of scurrying beams; 
Twinkling with a cold, acrid merriment. 
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