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Shedding the skin, the shame, the trespasses, 

the anxieties, the social expectations,

the self-justification, the speechifying,

the ceaseless second-guessing of Homo sapiens

for the streamlined



of cat.

Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London but has lived in Pittsburgh for over twenty years. Her latest books are from opposite ends of the poetry spectrum: Elemental Haiku, contains haiku for the periodic table, and The Sign of the Dragon is an epic fantasy with Chinese elements, winner of the Elgin Award. She hides her online presence with a cryptically named website ( and an equally cryptic Twitter account @MarySoonLee.

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