Cynthia quoted from Clifton’s book of poetry, A Good Woman: Poems and Memoir 1969-1980 –
Things don’t fall apart.
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.”