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    I keep hearing tree talk water words and i keep knowing what they mean.
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: knowing  water 
     
    the lesson of the falling leaves the leaves believe such letting go is love such love is faith such faith is grace such grace is god i agree with the leaves
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: lessons  believe  grace  god  faith 
     
    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.
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: live 
     
    don't write out of what I know; I write out of what I wonder. I think most artists create art in order to explore, not to give the answers. Poetry and art are not about answers to me; they are about questions.
    — Lucille Clifton
    All people, even one's own children, come with baggage. When they're little, you have to help them carry it. But when they grow up, you have to do that difficult thing of setting their baggage down and taking up your own again.
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: children  people  help  child 
     
    these hips have never been enslaved, they go where they want to go they do what they want to do. these hips are mighty hips. these hips are magic hips
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: magic 
     
    may you kiss the wind then turn from it certain that it will love your back
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: kiss 
     
    To be a good poet, you must care more about the writing, than the writer.
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: care  writing  poet 
     
    Come celebrate with me that every day something has tried to kill me and has failed.
    — Lucille Clifton
    Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: eyes 
     
    Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language.
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: language  poetry 
     
    You might as well answer the door, my child, the truth is furiously knocking.
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: children  truth  child 
     
    You cannot play for safety and make art.
    — Lucille Clifton
    We need new words for what this is, this hunger entering our loneliness like birds, stunning our eyes into rays of hope. we need the flutter that can save us, something that will swirl across the face of what we have become and bring us grace.
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: grace  eyes  hunger  loneliness  hope 
     
    We cannot create what we can't imagine.
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: imagine 
     
    Say it clear, and it will be beautiful.
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: beautiful 
     
    they ask me to remember but they want me to remember their memories and I keep on remembering mine
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: memory 
     
    Even when the universe made it quite clear to me that I was mistaken in my certainties ... I did not break. The shattering of my sureties did not shatter me.
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: universe 
     
    In the bigger scheme of things the universe is not asking us to do something, the universe is asking us to be something. And that's a whole different thing.
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: universe 
     
    I write from my knowledge not my lack, from my strength not my weakness. I am not interested if anyone knows whether or not I am familiar with big words, I am interested in trying to render big ideas in a simple way. I am interested in being understood not admired.
    — Lucille Clifton
    I do not feel inhibited or bound by what I am. That does not mean that I have never had bad scenes relating to being Black and/or a woman, it means that other people's craziness has not managed to make me crazy.
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: women  crazy  bad  black 
     
    What they call you is one thing. What you answer to is something else.
    — Lucille Clifton
    Intellect doesn't translate across cultures; intuition does.
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: intuition 
     
    The end of a thing, is never the end, something is always being born like a year of a baby.
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: year 
     
    I am a black woman poet and I sound like one.
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: women  poet  black 
     
    telling the truth about children's lives is radical.
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: truth  live  radical 
     
    I don't go get a poem. It calls me and I accept it.
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: poem 
     
    Tell the truth... maybe just to see clearly, as clearly as possible.
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: truth 
     
    My Mama Moved Among the Days My Mama moved among the days like a dreamwalker in a field; seemed like what she touched was here seemed like what touched her couldn't hold, she got us almost through the high grass then seemed like she turned around and ran right back in right back on in
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: right 
     
    People wish to be poets more than they wish to write poetry, and that's a mistake. One should wish to celebrate more than one wishes to be celebrated.
    — Lucille Clifton
    Poems come out of wonder, not out of knowing.
    — Lucille Clifton
    tags: wonder  knowing  poem 
     
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    lucille clifton
    Birth    : June 27, 1936
    Death  : February 13, 2010
    Occupation  : Poet