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If, as a feminist leader, I try to help out the career of a rising woman faculty leader--I'm sleeping with her.
She sailed until the calm morning,
Carrying her full cargo of roses.
But she rode it out,
That old rose-house,
She hove into the teeth of it,
Last night you lay a-sleeping? No!
The room was thirty-five below;
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And I have seen dust from the walls of institutions,
Finer than flour, alive, more dangerous than silica,
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I have known the inexorable sadness of pencils,
Neat in their boxes, dolor of pad and paper-weight,
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If only I could nudge you from this sleep,
My maimed darling, my skittery pigeon.
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I remember the neckcurls, limp and damp as tendrils;
And her quick look, a sidelong pickerel smile;
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Like witches they flew along rows
Keeping creation at ease;
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I remember how they picked me up, a spindly kid,
Pinching and poking my thin ribs
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