Friday, May 04, 2007

Lucille Clifton

blessing the boats

(at St. Mary's)

may the tide
that is entering even now
the lip of our understanding
carry you out
beyond the face of fear...


This poem first appeared in Quilting: Poems 1987-1990. Read the rest of this sweet little poem here.

In 2000 Ms. Clifton won the National Book award for "Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems, 1988-2000". Read the NYT article.

More links:
Thoughts of a woman by Sarah Brooks
Biography and Story: On Strength Gotten From Others
More of her Poems

The Friday Poetry round up is over at Big A, Little a today. Enjoy!


ElsKushner said...

Thanks for posting this lovely poem.

I once visited St. Mary's College (a friend teaches there), and there are poems of Lucille Clifton's posted at intervals all around this beautiful shaded pathway on the campus.

Anonymous said...

I love Lucille Clifton :-)

Anonymous said...

Was a lovely poem and great links too!

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Anonymous said...

This marks my discovery of another great woman poet. Thank you very much for posting this!