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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Stevedores
By John Gould Fletcher
 
From “Down the Mississippi”

FRIEZE of warm bronze that glides with cat-like movements
Over the gang-plank poised and yet awaiting,
The sinewy thudding rhythms of forty shuffling feet
Falling like muffled drum-beats on the stillness:
 
            Oh, roll the cotton down        5
            Roll, roll, the cotton down!
            From the further side of Jordan,
            Oh, roll the cotton down!
 
And the river waits,
The river listens,        10
Chuckling with little banjo-notes that break with a plop on the stillness.
And by the low dark shed that holds the heavy freights,
Two lonely cypress trees stand up and point with stiffened fingers
Far southward where a single chimney stands aloof in the sky.
 
 
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