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

AFTER the whistle’s roar has bellowed and shuddered,
Shaking the sleeping town and the somnolent river,
The deep-toned floating of the pilot’s bell
Suddenly warns the engines.
 
They pause like heart-beats that abruptly stop:        5
The shore glides to us, in a wide low curve.
And then—supreme revelation of the river—
The tackle is loosed, the long gang-plank swings outwards;
And poised at the end of it, half naked beneath the searchlight,
A blue-black negro with gleaming teeth waits for his chance to leap.        10
 
 
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