The shapeshifter poems by Lucille Clifton were extremely difficult to read. It’s hard reading about such a difficult topic. Her poems presented a topic that is typically hidden and unspoken of. Rape exists. It’s a big issue in our society today and it will continue to be a big and concerning issue. It was interesting to read about because in a way it forces us to realize that this issue exists.
Lucille Clifton did an amazing job with the poems. Clifton presented other “characters” in the poem. Objects became characters. There was so much around the girl, but none of it and no one protected her. It was frustrating reading about that. This was frustrating to read because Clifton did nothing, but speak of the truth in our society. How victims are forced to be silent because of the fear that no one will believe them. How at time we become spectators of a crime because of the fear of speaking up. Even though I would rather not read about the topic, the poems were amazing. It threw a perspective that we all know about in our faces.