Carolyn Kizer quotes

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Our masks, always in peril of smearing or cracking,
In need of continuous check in the mirror or silverware,
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My mother--preferring the strange to the tame:
Dove-note, bone marrow, deer dung,
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The soft mouse body, the hard feral glint
In the caught eyes.
Whose denizens can turn upon the world
With spitting tongue, an odor, talon, claw,
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