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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Marne
By Cloyd Head
 
From “War Sequence”

WITHIN that secret place—
Waste land where the rivers run red
Bearing the blood of the dead
To the charnel sea—
They build a temple and a mystery:        5
A freedom such as none may ever share
Who have not lived with Death,
Who have not killed.
 
Untempered passion, building as earth must build
Through uttermost destruction, reaching toward new life        10
Blindly, as if aware that out of death may rise
Fulfilment to whatever veiled will
Created conflict—a master-soul unknown.
 
Such freedom has no voice: it dares not own
The abyss, the horror, of a life made free;        15
The grandeur which it cannot understand.
 
Therefore the curtain and the mystery;
Therefore the silence that is No-man’s Land.
 
 
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