by Max Michelson

From “Winds of March”

You contain more
Than the red and the purple and the orange
Which I see:
If I dared to tear you to shreds with my hands
I would find that you contain also water,
And ice, and even blackish-brown earth,
To make beautiful things with.

Max Michelson (1880-1953) Imagist; Michelson was closely associated with Harriet Monroe and “Poetry” magazine from 1915 to 1921, until he was interned in a state mental hospital until his death. His work, both verse and prose, mediated between the populist orientation of Sandburg and Masters and the intellectualized European inclination of Pound and Eliot.



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