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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Old Accustomed Impudent Ghost
By Emanuel Carnevali
 
From “Neuriade”

THAT morning the dawn arose from the sodden grey city pavements,
And it was a sick grey breath.
I had spent myself asking the night for sleep.
 
Broken in pieces I was—only the evil spirit was whole in me;
There was a curse on my bitten bloody lips….        5
And then …
 
Oh, then the old accustomed, impudent ghost came in:
He wore my bagged, ragged pants, and was unshaven;
And his face was the one I had seen in the mirror
Too many times.        10
 
 
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