Tag Archives: Lucille Clifton

Word Cloud: DREAM

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD February is Black History Month in the United States. When Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous speech, “I Have a Dream,” in 1963, he wasn’t the first African-American to talk about a dream for a … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: DREAM

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD February is Black History Month in the United States. When Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous speech, “I Have a Dream,” in 1963, he wasn’t the first African-American to talk about a dream for a … Continue reading

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Poems for National Black Poetry Day

_____________________________________________ cutting greens by Lucille Clifton curling them around i hold their bodies in obscene embrace thinking of everything but kinship. collards and kale strain against each strange other away from my kissmaking hand and the iron bedpot. the pot … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: ESSENCE

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD Essence – ‘the indispensable quality of something that determines its character’ – I consider it poetry’s holy grail. Taking language down to just the exact words needed, eliminating anything that could distract from what’s essential. Lucille Clifton (1936-2010) is a master of essence. … Continue reading

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