Poet of the Moment

February 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Aaaaaaaaaand today’s poet is: Lucille Clifton!

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As soon as I read her, I was hooked. And I’ve been reading a lot of her lately. Her style is really simple, and even though she doesn’t use a lot of words, she manages to say a lot with the words she does. Here’s an example of one of her poems:

“adam thinking”

stolen from my bone
is it any wonder
i hunger to tunnel back
inside   desperate
to reconnect the rib and clay
and to be whole again

some need is in me
struggling to roar through my
mouth into a name
this creation is so fierce
i would rather have been born

If you’re looking to integrate more poetry into your life, she’s a great one to start with. Because a lot of her poems are short and straightforward, you can read one in a minute or two and be poetically fulfilled for the day. Here are a few links where her work can be found:



Let me know what you think!



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