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    Lucille Clifton - Won't You Celebrate With Me?

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    Lucille Clifton reads her poem Won't You Celebrate With Me?

    Won't You Celebrate With Me?
    by Lucille Clifton (1936-2010)

    won't you celebrate with me
    what i have shaped into
    a kind of life? i had no model.
    born in babylon
    both nonwhite and woman
    what did i see to be except myself?
    i made it up
    here on this bridge between
    starshine and clay,
    my one hand holding tight
    my other hand; come celebrate
    with me that everyday
    something has tried to kill me
    and has failed.