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Anne Sexton

And tonight our skins, our bones,
… will meet, delicate in the hold,
fastened together in an intricate
lock. Then one of us will shout,
‘My need is more desperate!’ and
I will eat you slowly with kisses
even though the killer in you
has gotten out.

— Anne Sexton, from “Loving the Killer,” Selected Poems of Anne Sexton, edited by Diane Wood Middlebrook & Diana Hume George (Houghton Mifflin, 1988)

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