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I liked it, too. Sure, she was lucid, but maybe painfully so. The toothsome nature of her cogency was gnawing her soul to the quick. In the introduction to Ariel, Robert Lowell describes her as being "long waisted and sharp elbowed." (Or something like that, I can't remember the exact quote.) That makes me think of her as an over-sized baby bird, naked and angular; ugly, elegant arms that want to become wings but can't abide patience. Impatience is eternal. So is vision, but filters are often not finite as is their requisite.

(This toothsome: Nasty egg tooth, really a row of too many that never fall out but still can't shard the shell and just end up wounding the pink flesh and wisp of premature feathers sticky with albumin, enclosed in ineffectually cracking calcium.)