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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Philosophic Dialogue
By Pearl Andelson
 
First Figure.    MOUNTAINS are simple—
    In the thumb-nail mind
    Of man illusion doubles to
    Illusion, in semblance of
    Complexity to hide        5
    Confusion.
 
Second Figure.    None but knows
    Within six days
    He made the world,
    And on the seventh        10
    Sought repose.
 
    The Evil, dying,
    Descend to Hell;
    The Good come
    Into the Kingdom.        15
 
First Figure.    Infinite Logic
    Is too fine a
    Web for the myopic eye
    Of a fly.
 
Second Figure.    None but knows        20
    Within six days …
 
First Figure.    Cause follows cause without
    End. The hounds tear
    In a circle after a
    No-hare.        25
 
Second Figure.    The Good come
    Into the Kingdom.
 
First Figure.    For this is truth: the tail is
    Coiled back relevantly to the
    Teeth.        30
 
Second Figure.    The Righteous have for goal
    Beauty of the soul.
    There is but
    This single beauty:
    In fear of God each        35
    Does his duty.
 
First Figure.    Out of the logic of
    Compensation in a circle
    Autonomic, so much beauty to
    Spare: a sea-girl’s        40
    Breasts; her purple hair.
 
Second Figure.    … Righteous … goal
    Beauty … soul;
    … fear … God …
    … duty.        45
 
 
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