Lucille Clifton’s “blake”

Lucille Clifton has in mind here the visionary British Romantic poet William Blake (1957-1827).

by Lucille Clifton

saw them glittering in the trees,

their quills erect among the leaves,

angels everywhere. 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.

back north, i sit again in my own home

dreaming of blake, searching the branches

for just one poem.

Lucille Clifton, “blake” from The Terrible Stories. BOA Editions Ltd, 1996. Suggested to the Humanities Institute by Professor Coleman Hutchinson, UT Department of English.

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