miss rosie

miss rosie

“Miss Rosie” is one of many powerful portrait poems of urban black experience Clifton is well known for. Using a conversational and often bluesy tone, these poems focus on characters from Clifton’s childhood who, although often poor and wracked with hardship, somehow rise above their problems and prevail. By using vivid images, this poem paints a dim picture of Miss Rosie, an old woman sitting alone near the end of her life, cast aside by an uncaring society.

Lucille Clifton

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