Kathryn Stripling Byer

(1944 / Camilla, Georgia)

Biography of Kathryn Stripling Byer

Kathryn Stripling Byer poet

Kathryn Stripling Byer is the author of six books of poetry, including Descent (LSU Press, 2012) and Southern Fictions (Jacar Press, 2011). She has served as North Carolina's poet laureate.

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Vanity

Without hands
a woman would stand at her mirror
looking back only,
not touching, for how could she?
Eyelid.
Cheek.
Earlobe.
Nack-hollow.
The pulse points that wait to be dusted

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