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Carolyn Ashley Kizer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet of the Pacific Northwest whose works reflect her feminism.

"Kizer reaches into mythology in poems like “Semele Recycled”; into politics, into feminism, especially in her series of poems called “Pro Femina”; into science, the natural world, music, and translations and commentaries on Japanese and Chinese literatures," according to an article on Kizer at the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest Web site.

Kizer was born in Spokane, Washington, the daughter of a socially prominent Spokane couple,

Her father, Benjamin Hamilton Kizer, was 45 when she was born. Her mother, Mabel Ashley Kizer, ... more »

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  • ''Our masks, always in peril of smearing or cracking,
    In need of continuous check in the mirror or silverware,
    Keep us in thrall to ourselves, concerned with our surfaces.''
    Carolyn Kizer (b. 1925), U.S. poet, educator. Pro Femina, Knock upon Silence (1963).
  • ''My mother—preferring the strange to the tame:
    Dove-note, bone marrow, deer dung,
    Frog's belly distended with funny young,''
    Carolyn Kizer (b. 1925), U.S. poet. The Intruder (l. 1-3). . . Introduction to Poetry, An. X. J. Kennedy, ed. (6th ed., 1986) Little, Brown & Comp...
  • ''The soft mouse body, the hard feral glint
    In the caught eyes.''
    Carolyn Kizer (b. 1925), U.S. poet. The Intruder (l. 14-15). . . Introduction to Poetry, An. X. J. Kennedy, ed. (6th ed., 1986) Little, Brown & Co...
  • Whose denizens can turn upon the world
    With spitting tongue, an odor, talon, claw,
    To sting or soil benevolence, alien
    As our clumsy traps, our random scatter of shot.
    She ...
    Carolyn Kizer (b. 1925), U.S. poet. The Intruder (l. 25-30). . . Introduction to Poetry, An. X. J. Kennedy, ed. (6th ed., 1986) Little, Brown & Co...
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