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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
A Parable
By Katherine Wisner McCluskey
 
From “Summer Phases”

THE MAGNOLIA bud
Loosens her white garments
With exquisite reserve.
So love unfolds
While delicate mysteries,        5
Like odors,
Subtly escape.
 
The white magnolia,
Of lucent petals
Textured like woman skin,        10
Crumples to leather
Limp and brown,
Binding a story told.
 
 
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