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First Line: Dear miss monroe: provided you will allow me to use small letters
Last Line: W. C. Williams
Subject(s): Monroe, Harriet (1860-1936); Poetry & Poets

Dear Miss Monroe: Provided you will allow me to use small letters at the
beginning of my lines, I submit the following excellent American poem to you for
publication in your paying magazine:


Her father
built a bridge
the Chicago River
but she
built a bridge
over the moon.

This, as you will at once recognize, is an excellent poem and very American. I
sincerely hope that no prehistoric prosodic rules will bar it from publication.
W. C. Williams

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