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Lucille Clifton
(1936-2010) born on
Jun 27
US poet, educator. She has written more than twenty books for children and adults, one of which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
         
   
F
Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language.

R
children
when they ask you
why your mama so funny
say
she is a poet
she don't have no sense.
A
i keep hearing
tree talk
water words
and i keep knowing what they mean.
N
. . . even when the universe made it quite clear to me that I was mistaken in my certainties, in my definitions, I did not break. The shattering of my sureties did not shatter me. Stability comes from inside, not outside....
K
People wish to be poets more than they wish to write poetry, and that's a mistake. One should wish to celebrate more than one wishes to be celebrated.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Listen to Their Voices," ch. 9, by Mickey Pearlman, 1993.
R: "Admonitions," "Good Times."
A: "Breaklight," "An Ordinary Woman," 1974.
N: In "The Black Woman's Gumbo Ya-Ya," by Terri L. Jewell, 1993.
K: In "Poets and Writers Magazine," 1992.
   


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