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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Clinic
By John Reed
 
From “Hospital Notes”

SQUARE white cells, all in a row, with ground-glass windows;
Tubes treasuring sacraments of suffering, rubber pipes, apparatus;
Walls maculate with old yellow and brown….
 
Out of a mass of human flesh, hairy and dull,
Slim shining steel grows, dripping slow pale thick drops,        5
And regularly, like distant whistles in a fog, groaning….
 
Young internes, following the great surgeon like chicks a hen,
Crowd in as he pokes, wrenches, and dictates over his shoulder,
And hurries on, deaf to the shuddering spirit, rapt in a dream of machinery.
 
 
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