AMIFIKA by Lucille Clifton


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As seen in de Grazia's tender, soft black renditions which presage a loving ending, Amifika overhears Mama's happy news that his father is coming home from the army--and her comment that she will ""just get rid of something he won't miss"" to make space for him in their two rented rooms. As Amifika doesn't remember his father very well, he figures the reverse is true; hence Amifika is what Mama will get rid of. He runs away (as far as the front fence), falls asleep, and wakes up to a joyous reunion. Predictable, but sympathetically based on a very likely sort of misunderstanding.

Pub Date: Oct. 21st, 1977
Publisher: Dutton