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“The attacks on old words and the coining of new are the visible tip of the iceberg of change.”
“Poets must be / Either men or women, more's the pity.”
“I know / I've failed, if failure means to walk away / And look back sadly on work gladly done.”
“No honest work of man or woman 'fails'; / It feeds the sum of all human action.”
“... I will not sit in sackcloth / will not dry my palms with ashes / will not eat the dust / for that does not celebrate you / and that does not celebrate me ... ”
“... the word 'virtue' is not / in my vocabulary / 'strength' is ...”
“in the middle of the night / people tell their dreams / and it is important, even / though there is never much / of an audience.”
“I slept in my clothes / last night / just so you'll know / I think of you / sleeping in yours.”
Michelene Wandor, English poet, playwright, critic
Full name: Michelene Dinah Samuels Wandor; sometimes Michelene Victor.