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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
People Who Must
By Carl Sandburg
From “Smoke Nights”

I PUT my easel on the roof of a skyscraper.
I painted a long while and called it a day’s work.
The people on a corner swarmed and the traffic cop’s whistle never let up all afternoon.
They were the same as bugs, many bugs on their way—
Those people on the go or at a standstill;        5
And the traffic cop a spot of blue, a splinter of brass,
Where the black tides ran around him
And he kept the street. I painted a long while
And called it a day’s work.

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