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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Ignis Fatuus
By Aline Kilmer
 
From “Novelette”

“YOUR fires are false, they tell me. So?—
I knew it long and long ago.
 
“But I choose false ones for my play—
They are the safer any day.
 
“And if I burn my hands a bit,        5
Why, who will ever know of it?”
 
All this I said when I was proud—
Under my breath, almost aloud.
 
Then I plunged boldly in and played:
By my own fires I am betrayed.        10
 
 
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