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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Forest of Dead Trees
By Mark Turbyfill
 
I CLIMBED up the rough mountain-side
Through the forest of dead trees.
 
I touched their smooth, stark limbs,
And learned much of the white beauty of death.
 
Whose taut, slender thigh was this?        5
And this, whose gracious throat?
 
O life, you are not more beautiful
Than this silent, curving death is beautiful!
 
And Eternity—
I think I heard it cry:        10
“Centre within centre,
Death or Life,
One am I.”
 
 
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