BALTIMORE (AP) -- Lucille Clifton, a National Book Award-winning poet and Pulitzer finalist, has died. She was 73. To watch a reading of her work on video, visit here.
by Lucille Clifton
curling them around i hold their bodies in obscene embrace thinking of everything but kinship. collards and kale strain against each strange other away from my kissmaking hand and the iron bedpot. the pot is black. the cutting board is black, my hand, and just for a minute the greens roll black under the knife, and the kitchen twists dark on its spine and i taste in my natural appetite the bond of live things everywhere.