Good Advice for Grad Students, and for life in general

“Reassurance” by Alice Walker, 1972

I must love the questions
as Rilke said
like locked rooms
full of treasure
to which my blind
and groping key
does not yet fit.

And await the answers
as unsealed
mailed with dubious intent
and written in a very foreign

and in the hourly making
of myself
no thought of Time
to force, to sqeeze
the space
I grow into.

From Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems.


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