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Blessing the Boats - From the book of light (1993), "the women you are accustomed to" Summary & Analysis

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Summary

This is another dream poem, where societally correct women appear and talk about fancy things, like "the names/of avenues in France." These women wear the little black dress and have perfectly set, streaked hair. They have tight asses and tight lips. Their conversation is so predictable. The poet doesn't want to see them in this dream. She asks them "what the hell." They shake their heads, which are now marble, symbolizing lifelessness and coldness, and they walk "erect" out of the dream to a place where everything is so predictable. The poet relaxes in images of a person who is totally different, with "burning blood" and a "dancing tongue," someone alive and passionate.

Analysis

This is one of Clifton's scathing commentaries, looking with...

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