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Blessing the Boats - From the book of light (1993), "if i should" Summary & Analysis

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From the book of light (1993), "if i should" Summary

The subtitle of this poem is dedicated "to clark kent." It refers to the helplessness the abused child that Clifton has been long ago, pointing out that there really is no help for that child. She enjoins Clark Kent to enter the darkest room in her house, which may symbolize the poet's mind as well. If she goes there and speaks in her own voice, she will see a variety of images, including terrible furniture, the covers of which cover "dusty bodies," which may be literal or symbolic. She will see an oversexed father, a husband holding ice in his hand, a mother with internal bleeding, presumably from injuries, and a "small, imploding girl," who is Clifton as a child. Clifton asks simply who can...

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