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lucille clifton “here rests” & “poem to my uterus”

03/04/13 , , , , , , , ,

the other day on twitter, i was randomly introduced to lucille clifton’s poetry.  she packed a lot of life in her words in ways that stroke a rainbow of emotion.  check out two of her poems “here rests” & “poem to my uterus” (via poets.org) and let me know what you think:

here rests
by Lucille Clifton

my sister Josephine
born july in ’29
and dead these 15 years
who carried a book
on every stroll.

when daddy was dying
she left the streets
and moved back home
to tend him.

her pimp came too
her Diamond Dick
and they would take turns
reading

a bible aloud through the house.
when you poem this
and you will she would say
remember the Book of Job.

happy birthday and hope
to you Josephine
one of the easts
most wanted.

may heaven be filled
with literate men
may they bed you
with respect.

poem to my uterus
by Lucille Clifton

you      uterus
you have been patient
as a sock
while i have slippered into you
my dead and living children
now
they want to cut you out
stocking i will not need
where i am going
where am i going
old girl
without you
uterus
my bloody print
my estrogen kitchen
my black bag of desire
where can i go
barefoot
without you
where can you go
without me

Lucille_clifton

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