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Josephine Jacobson

"The lover in the crowded room / Empty of the one essential, / Creates the missing face, more vital / More fresh than when it touched his own."

Josephine Jacobson, "Time Exposure," The Animal Inside (1966)

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"Tonight I saw the marred and frosted moon. / It sat high in the bare sky over / your naked shoulder ... "

Josephine Jacobson, "Shibboleth," The Animal Inside (1966)

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"The fiddler crab fiddles, glides and dithers / dithers and glides, veers; the stilt-eyes / pop, the legs prance the body glides, stops, / the front legs paw the air like a stallion, / at a fast angle he veers fast, glides, stops, / dithers, paws."

Josephine Jacobson, "Fiddler Crab," The Animal Inside (1966)

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"Water was before the eye, in the mind, the ear, the bone, / before the parched lips, on the parched tongue. / All that land hummed like a wire with absent water."

Josephine Jacobson, "Water," The Animal Inside (1966)

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"Haiti is always on the edge of something; / it stirs it stirs."

Josephine Jacobson, "Homage to Henri Christophe," The Animal Inside (1966)

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"I work better the more I am confined and the less I am distracted. My ultimate place would be a closet."

Josephine Jacobson, in New York Times (1971)

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"Poetry is like walking along a little, tiny, narrow ridge up on a precipice. You never know the next step, whether there's going to be a plunge. I think poetry is dangerous. There's nothing mild and predictable about poetry."

Josephine Jacobson, in Baltimore Sun (1990)

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"Poetry is like walking along a little, tiny, narrow ridge up on a precipice. You never know the next step, whether there's going to be a plunge. I think poetry is dangerous. There's nothing mild and predictable about poetry."

Josephine Jacobson, in The Baltimore Sun (1990)

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Josephine Jacobson, Canadian-born U.S. poet, short story writer, critic
(1908 - 2003)