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Poem of the Week: December 24, 2018

Dear readers, the BOA Blog will be quiet for the next two weeks as our staff enjoys some quality time with their loved ones. Next week will mark the final BOA Poem of the Week for 2018, but in the meantime, we wish to share one of our favorite poems from BOA's over 300 collections of poetry.

This week's poem of the week is from The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965–2010 edited by Kevin Young and Michael S. Glaser.

holy night

joseph, i afraid of stars
their brilliant seeing.
so many eyes. such light.
joseph, i cannot still these limbs,
i hands keep moving toward i breasts,
so many stars. so bright.
joseph, is wind burning from east
joseph, i shine, oh joseph,     oh
illuminated night.


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