Just last night, Santa Fe's KSFR 101.1 FM Public Radio show "Audio Saucepan" aired a reading of Lucille Clifton's poem "water sign woman." The poem is found in the new The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010. "Audio Saucepan" combines jazz, back country, and world sounds with interpretive readings of poetry and recorded words. The show airs each Sunday from 5 to 6 PM (Mountain Time) on KSFR 101.1FM Santa Fe Public Radio, and streams live on the internet via www.ksfr.org. water sign woman the woman who feels everything sits in her new house waiting for someone to come who knows how to carry water without spilling, who knows why the desert is sprinkled with salt, why tomorrow is such a long and ominous word. they say to the feel things woman that little she dreams is possible, that there is only so much joy to go around, only so much water. there are no questions for this, no arguments. she has to forget to remember the edge of the sea, they say, to forget how to swim to the edge, she has to forget how to feel. the woman who feels everything sits in her new house retaining the secret the desert knew when it walked up from the ocean, the desert, so beautiful in her eyes; water will come again if you can wait for it. she feels what the desert feels. she waits.
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