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Quotation by Rita Dove
Billie Holiday's burned voice
had as many shadows as lights,
a mournful candelabra against a sleek piano,
the gardenia her signature under that ruined face.
If you can't be free, be a mystery.
Rita Dove (b. 1952), African American poet and fiction writer. "Canary," lines 1-4 and last line (1989).
Billie Holiday (1915-1959) was a great African American jazz singer with a tragic personal life.
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