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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Smell!
By William Carlos Williams
 
O STRONG-RIDGED and deeply hollowed
Nose of mine!—what will you not be smelling?
What tactless asses we are, you and I, bony nose,
Always indiscriminate, always unashamed!
And now it is the souring flowers of the bedraggled        5
Poplars—a festering pulp on the wet earth
Beneath them—with what deep a thirst
We quicken our desires, O nose of mine,
To that rank odor of a passing springtime!
Can you not be decent? Can you not reserve your ardors        10
For something less unlovely? What girl will care
For us, do you think, if we continue in these ways?
Must you taste everything? Must you know everything?
Must you have a part in everything?
 
 
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