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Lucille Clifton

(June 27, 1936 - February 13, 2010 / Baltimore, Maryland)

Quotations

  • ''Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language.''
    Lucille Clifton (b. 1936), U.S. poet. As quoted in Listen to Their Voices, ch. 9, by Mickey Pearlman (1993).
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  • ''My Mama has made bread
    and Grampaw has come
    and everybody is drunk
    and dancing in the kitchen''
    Lucille Clifton (b. 1936), U.S. poet. Good Times (l. 9-12). . . Poetry of Black America, The; Anthology of the 20th Century. Arnold Adoff, ed. (1973) Harper & Row.

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admonitions

boys
i don't promise you nothing
but this
what you pawn
i will redeem
what you steal
i will conceal
my private silence to
your public guilt

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