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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Lake Front at Night
By John Gould Fletcher
 
From “Chicago Notes”

AT the edge of a beautiful gulf of gloom and stillness
The city rises—
Glittering with millions of spangles
Seen between the dull smoke of the trains,
That struggle and tug laboriously        5
And bump empty freight-cars into each other
With a noise like surf collapsing.
 
Beyond there is windy darkness—
One or two lights low down
Seemingly blurred by mist,        10
And waterish stars;
For the wind is bringing rain
To stream down the spangled faces,
And make the light-terraces melt together
Growing more dim.        15
 
But the engines cough and call;
One or two lights in the silence
Watch the night shutting slowly down dark doors on the city.
Behind her spangled mask
She frowns a little, standing more weary,        20
But still casting out on the darkness
Her glory, where winds will whirl it
Through dry splinters of grass on the dunes.
 
 
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