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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Macabre in Macaws
By Hervey Allen
 
From “The Sea-islands”

AFTER the hurricane of the late forties,
Peter Polite says, in the live-oak trees
Were weird macabre macaws,
And ash-colored cockatoos blown overseas
From Nassau and the West Indies.        5
These hopped about like dead men’s thoughts
Amid the draggled Spanish moss,
Preening themselves, all at a loss;
Mewing faint caws,
And shrieking with nostalgia—        10
With dull screams like a child
Born with neuralgia.
And this seems true to me,
Fitting the landscape’s drab grotesquery.
 
 
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