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A Pushcart at the Curb by John Dos Passos

A PUSHCART AT THE CURB

by

JOHN DOS PASSOS

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_Books by John Dos Passos_

_NOVELS:_

_Three Soldiers_

_One Man's Initiation_

_Streets of Night_

_(In Preparation)_

_ESSAYS:_

_Rosinante to the Road Again_

_POEMS:_

_A Pushcart at the Curb_

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A PUSHCART AT THE CURB

by

JOHN DOS PASSOS

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George H. Doran Company Publishers New York

Copyright, 1922, By George H. Doran Company

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_A Pushcart at the Curb. I_

Printed in the United States of America

TO THE MEMORY

OF

WRIGHT McCORMICK

WHO TUMBLED OFF A MOUNTAIN

IN MEXICO

My verse is no upholstered chariot Gliding oil-smooth on oiled wheels, No swift and shining modern limousine, But a pushcart, rather.

A crazy creaking pushcart, hard to push Round corners, slung on shaky patchwork wheels, That jolts and jumbles over the cobblestones Its very various lading:

A lading of Spanish oranges, Smyrna figs, Fly-specked apples, perhaps of the Hesperides, Curious fruits of the Indies, pepper-sweet ... Stranger, choose and taste.

_Dolo_

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

For permission to reprint certain of the poems in this volume, thanks are due _The Bookman_, _The Dial_, _Vanity Fair_, _The Measure_, and _The New York Evening Post_.

CONTENTS

PAGE

WINTER IN CASTILE 13

NIGHTS AT BASSANO 65

VAGONES DE TERCERA 109

QUAI DE LA TOURNELLE 139

ON FOREIGN TRAVEL 163

PHASES OF THE MOON 185

WINTER IN CASTILE

The promiscuous wind wafts idly from the quays A smell of ships and curious woods and casks And a sweetness from the gorse on the flowerstand And brushes with his cool careless cheek the cheeks Of those on the street; mine, an old gnarled man's, The powdered cheeks of the girl who with faded eyes Stands in the shadow; a sailor's scarred brown cheeks, And a little child's, who walks along whispering To her sufficient self. O promiscuous wind.


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