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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.
Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language.

when they ask you
why your mama so funny
she is a poet
she don't have no sense.
i keep hearing
tree talk
water words
and i keep knowing what they mean.
. . . 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....
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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