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William Saphier was a Romanian-born poet and painter who served as associate editor for Others, a monthly modernist magazine he coedited with Alfred Kreymborg. Other members of the editorial staff included Maxwell Bodenheim, Helen Hoyt, Lola Ridge, and William Carlos Williams. The magazine, under Saphier and Kreymborg, published the early poetry of T. S. Eliot, Marianne Moore, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, and Williams, among others.

Flamingo Dreams

A green and copper-backed frog
keeps me from seeing
brick-colored eucalyptus flowers
dancing on an apple-green sky;
large rose-hued cotton fists
with gold knuckles
chase a blushing sun
into a purple, lead sea:
I am hungry and he is cautious.

This poem is in the public domain.

This poem is in the public domain.

William Saphier

William Saphier was a Romanian-born poet and painter who served as associate editor for Others, a monthly modernist magazine he coedited with Alfred Kreymborg.