I first came across a poem by Cortney Davis called "Four Masks," in a book from our YA section, Truth & Lies: An Anthology of Poems edited by Patrice Vecchione [YA 808.81 TRU]. This is from a section of the poem entitled, "The Mask I See in the Mirror":
A woman who has come to love silence,
who sees life through prisms, hexagonal
planes like the vision
of flying insects, so much color
This presents an interesting question for the reader, Why does the author see herself in a mask? Does she practice adjusting her mask so that she can be ready to face different people? Does the mask allow for silence whereas her "true" self would be loquacious?
If you'd like to read the complete poem, or listen to Davis read it aloud, click here.