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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Weeping Burgher
By Wallace Stevens
 
From “Pecksniffiana”

IT is with a strange malice
That I distort the world.
 
Ah! that ill humors
Should mask as white girls.
And ah! that Scaramouche        5
Should have a black barouche.
 
The sorry verities!
Yet in excess, continual,
There is cure of sorrow.
 
Permit that if as ghost I come        10
Among the people burning in me still,
I come as belle design
Of foppish line.
 
And I, then, tortured for old speech—
A white of wildly woven rings;        15
I, weeping in a calcined heart—
My hands such sharp, imagined things.
 
 
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