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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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Page ViewsPoemComments
9308 the lost baby poem Comments and analysis of the lost baby poem by Lucille Clifton 36 Comments
8874 Homage to My Hips Comments and analysis of Homage to My Hips by Lucille Clifton 4 Comments
8479 wishes for sons Comments and analysis of wishes for sons by Lucille Clifton 3 Comments
8029 sisters Comments and analysis of sisters by Lucille Clifton 6 Comments
6601 miss rosie Comments and analysis of miss rosie by Lucille Clifton 2 Comments
6499 There is a girl inside Comments and analysis of There is a girl inside by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
6343 good times
5558 the mississippi river empties into the gulf Comments and analysis of the mississippi river empties into the gulf by Lucille Clifton 2 Comments
4884 Poem in praise of menstruation Comments and analysis of Poem in praise of menstruation by Lucille Clifton 2 Comments
3985 My Mama Moved Among the Days
3971 Listen Children
3864 climbing Comments and analysis of climbing by Lucille Clifton 3 Comments
3589 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
3450 moonchild
3388 Cutting Greens
3159 fury
3146 the lost women Comments and analysis of the lost women by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
3049 the photograph: a lynching
3035 adam thinking
2939 Lorena
2788 harriet Comments and analysis of harriet by Lucille Clifton 3 Comments
2604 She Understands Me
2600 the times
2210 telling our stories
2142 Island Mary
1866 To A Dark Moses
371 A Dream of Foxes Comments and analysis of A Dream of Foxes by Lucille Clifton 196 Comments
341 shapeshifter poems Comments and analysis of shapeshifter poems by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
339 admonitions Comments and analysis of admonitions by Lucille Clifton 16 Comments
324 song at midnight Comments and analysis of song at midnight by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
277 Praise Song Comments and analysis of Praise Song by Lucille Clifton 3 Comments
265 memory
248 seeker of visions Comments and analysis of seeker of visions by Lucille Clifton 1 Comment
197 won't you celebrate with me


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