In the Carolinas

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In the Carolinas  (1917) 
by Wallace Stevens
First published in the January 1917 issue of The Soil: A Magazine of Art, p. 78, as part of a group of poems collectively captioned Primordia. Page scans of the magazine are available at the Commons (Image:Wallace Stevens, Primordia (1917).djvu).


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

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


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