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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Man in a Room
By William Carlos Williams
 
From “Broken Windows”

HERE, no woman, nor man besides,
Nor child, nor dog, nor bird, nor wasp,
Nor ditch pool, nor green thing. Color of flower,
Blood-bright berry none, nor flame-rust
On leaf, nor pink gall-sting on stem, nor        5
Staring stone. Ay de mí!
No hawthorn’s white thorn-tree here, nor lawn
Of buttercups, nor any counterpart:
 
Bed, book-backs, walls, floor,
Flat pictures, desk, clothes-box, litter        10
Of paper scrawls. So sit I here,
So stand, so walk about. Beside
The flower-white tree not so lonely I:
Torn petals, dew-wet, blotched yellow my bare instep.
 
 
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