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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Red Land
By Joseph Warren Beach
 
From “On the Land”

  IN the autumn,
Bathed in gold-dust,
I shall strip the red land
Of a golden harvest.
 
  Oh, fruitful as the red land        5
Bearing golden harvest
In the autumn,
Bountiful as the prairie
Heaving milky breasts
On flushed horizons!        10
 
  My hand slackens
In the act of cutting,
While I lose myself
In these blue distances.
 
  The scythe pauses        15
On the neck of the wheat
As my heart faints against
These flushed horizons.
 
  I that have seen the sky,
In the time of reaping,        20
Between her breasts
In the wheat-field,
Sowing and reaping,
There I worship
The land!        25
 
 
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