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Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)

		In the Carolinas

	The lilacs wither in the Carolinas.
	Already the butterflies flutter above the cabins.
	Already the new-born children interpret love
	In the voices of mothers.

	Timeless mothers,
	How is it that your aspic nipples
	For once vent honey?

	The pine-tree sweetens my body
	The white iris beautifies me.

	[(from Harmonium, 1923, 1931)
	The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens, 1982]
	Copyright (c) 1923, 1931, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1942, 1943, 1944,
	1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1954 Wallace Stevens


I've compiled the above information referring to some standard reference materials, including The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-century Poetry, Grolier Encyclopedia, etc.

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