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Carolyn Kizer

  • Our masks, always in peril of smearing or cracking, in need of continuous checks in the mirror or silverware, keep us in thrall to ourselves, concerned with our surfaces.

  • She tended to be impatient with that sort of intellectual who, for all his brilliance, has never been able to arrive at the simple conclusion that to be reasonably happy you have to be reasonably good.

    • Carolyn Kizer,
    • "A Slight Mechanical Failure," in Howard Moss, ed., The Poet's Story ()
  • You write for the people in high school who ignored you. We all do it.

    • Carolyn Kizer,
    • in USA Today ()
  • Poets are interested mostly in death and commas.

    • Carolyn Kizer,
    • in Ursula K. Le Guin, Steering the Craft ()
  • ... women ... are the custodians of the world's best kept secret: / Merely the private lives of one-half of humanity.

    • Carolyn Kizer,
    • "Pro Femina" (1963), Cool, Calm, and Collected: Poems 1960-2000 ()

Carolyn Kizer, U.S. poet, Pulitzer winner, critic

(1924 - 2014)

Full name: Carolyn Ashley Kizer.