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“the times,” by Lucille Clifton

October 18, 2011

Today’s poem catches itself relieved that they are white.

I read “the times” from a little notebook I kept in the early aughts into which I used to cut and paste–with actual scissors and real rubber cement–poems I wished that I had written. You can find and buy it in Clifton’s Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000 (BOA Editions, 2000).

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