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Biography of Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton (1936 - Present)

Lucille Clifton was born (June 27, 1936) in Depew, New York. She attended Howard University from 1953 to 1955 and graduated from the State University of New York College at Fredonia (near Buffalo) in 1955. In 1958 she married Fred James Clifton. She worked as a claims clerk in the New York State Division of Employment, Buffalo (1958-1960), and as literature assistant in the Office of Education in Washington, D.C. (1960-1971). From 1971 to 1974 she was poet-in-residence at Coppin State College in Baltimore, and in 1979 she was named Poet Laureate of the state of Maryland.

In 1969 Ms. Cifton's first book, a collection of poetry entitled Good Times, was published and The New York Times as one of the year's 10 best books. Clifton's later poetry collections include Next: New Poems (1987), Quilting: Poems 1987-1990 (1991), and The Terrible Stories (1996). Generations: A Memoir (1976) is a prose piece celebrating her origins, and Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir: 1969-1980 (1987) collects some of her previously published verse.


Biography by: Beckles, Frances N. 20 Black Women. Gateway Press. Baltimore 1978.


34 Poems written by Lucille Clifton

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First LineComments
1 Comments and analysis of shapeshifter poems by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
a woman precedes me up the long rope, Comments and analysis of climbing by Lucille Clifton 3 Comments
after the all been done and i
and the gulf enters the sea and so forth, Comments and analysis of the mississippi river empties into the gulf by Lucille Clifton 2 Comments
ask me to tell how it feels
boys Comments and analysis of admonitions by Lucille Clifton 16 Comments
curling them around
fox Comments and analysis of A Dream of Foxes by Lucille Clifton 196 Comments
harriet Comments and analysis of harriet by Lucille Clifton 3 Comments
i am accused of tending to the past Comments and analysis of i am accused of tending to the past by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
i need to know their names Comments and analysis of the lost women by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
i wish them cramps. Comments and analysis of wishes for sons by Lucille Clifton 3 Comments
if there is a river Comments and analysis of Poem in praise of menstruation by Lucille Clifton 2 Comments
is it the cut glass
it is all blood and breaking,
it is hard to remain human on a day
it lay in my palm soft and trembled
listen children
me and you be sisters. Comments and analysis of sisters by Lucille Clifton 6 Comments
my daddy has paid the rent
My Mama moved among the days
she
the fox came every evening to my door
the time i dropped your almost body down Comments and analysis of the lost baby poem by Lucille Clifton 36 Comments
There is a girl inside. Comments and analysis of There is a girl inside by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
these hips are big hips. Comments and analysis of Homage to My Hips by Lucille Clifton 4 Comments
to my aunt blanche Comments and analysis of Praise Song by Lucille Clifton 3 Comments
what does this mean. Comments and analysis of seeker of visions by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
whatever slid into my mother's room that
when I watch you Comments and analysis of miss rosie by Lucille Clifton 2 Comments
won't you celebrate with me
you are the one
…do not send me out Comments and analysis of song at midnight by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
—for Mama


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