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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Brick-dust
By Louise Brooke
 
IT’S just a heap of ruin,
  A drunken brick carouse—
This thing my spirit grew in
  That once was called a house.
 
An attic where I scribbled        5
  Through baking summer days,
While street-pianos nibbled
  At the patient Marseillaise.
 
The spider-landlord squatted
  In a web of dinner-smells,        10
And people slowly rotted
  In little gossip-hells.
 
I hated all I learned there—
  And yet I could have cried
For a little oil I burned there,        15
  A little dream that died.
 
 
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