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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
On the Road
By Baker Brownell
From “In Barracks”

THE WORLD sweats
In a bedding of throbbing, thick light;
Heat soaks like a bitter oil
Into the texture of being;
Dust steams from the earth        5
Under the feet of infantry
And coats the air with minute fur.
Along the smothered road men plod
Between silent horizons,
Between thin, yellow borders of the earth        10
Pressed flat under a burden of light.
Painted, vivid silence
Waits along the desert’s rim.

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