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things don’t fall apart

A good day is when I visit Cynthia Newberry Martin’s Catching Days site and I especially received a gift when I read her February 14th post about Lucille Clifton.

Cynthia quoted from Clifton’s book of poetry, A Good Woman: Poems and Memoir 1969-1980

Things don’t fall apart.

Things hold.

Lines connect in thin ways that last and last

and lives become generations made out of pictures

and words just kept.

Speaking to Michael S. Glaser during an interview for the Antioch Review, Clifton reflected that she continues to write, because “writing is a way of continuing to hope … perhaps for me it is a way of remembering I am not alone.” How would Clifton like to be remembered?  “I would like to be seen as a woman whose roots go back to Africa, who tried to honor being human. My inclination is to try to help.”

About hopeseguin

Who am I? I'm still discovering just who I am, I suppose. A. Powell Davis writes that "Life is just a chance to grow a soul."

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