my dream about time

By Lucille Clifton 1936–2010 Lucille Clifton
a woman unlike myself is running
down the long hall of a lifeless house
with too many windows which open on
a world she has no language for,
running and running until she reaches
at last the one and only door
which she pulls open to find each wall
is faced with clocks and as she watches
all of the clocks strike
                                             NO
 
 


Lucille Clifton, "my dream about time" from The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton. Copyright © 2000 by Lucille Clifton.  Reprinted by permission of BOA Editions, Ltd. 

Source: The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton (BOA Editions Ltd., 1988)

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Poet Lucille Clifton 1936–2010

Subjects Living, The Mind, Time & Brevity

 Lucille  Clifton

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A prolific and widely respected poet, Lucille Clifton's work emphasizes endurance and strength through adversity, focusing particularly on African-American experience and family life. Awarding the prestigious Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize to Clifton in 2007, the judges remarked that “One always feels the looming humaneness around Lucille Clifton’s poems—it is a moral quality that some poets have and some don’t.” In addition to the . . .

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