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Poems and Other_Prevarications is a book of poetry and musings written by Quellcrist Falconer.

Notable Quotes and Passages

The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice.

Is it a wolf I hear,
Howling his lonely communion
With the unpiloted stars,
Or merely the self importance and servitude
In the bark of a dog?
How many millennia did it take,
Twisting and torturing
The pride from the one
To make a tool,
The other?
And how do we measure the distance from spirit to spirit?
And who do we find to blame?

How shall I explain the dying that was done?

Shall I say that each one did the math, and wrote
The value of his days
Against the bloody margin, in an understated hand?
They will want to know
How was the audit done?
And I shall say that it was done,
For once,
By those who knew the worth
Of what was spent that day.
Stop up your hormones
Or spend them in moans
Of other calibre
(We'll reassure you – the load is large enough)
Pride in your prowess
Will fail you, fuck you
And everything you touch
(You'll reassure us – the price was small enough)